Watch: Alumni of This HBCU Are Appalled Their Famous Marching Band Will Perform at Trump's Inauguration

Watch: Alumni of This HBCU Are Appalled Their Famous Marching Band Will Perform at Trump's Inauguration

Many are calling it a "shameful" move.

Published January 3, 2017

  1. The Marching band Talladega College, one of the oldest Historically black colleges, will perform at Donald Trump's Inauguration

    Other HBCUs such as Howard University said they will not be participating in the event, although they marched for President Obama’s Inauguration

    Alumni of the Alabama college spoke to CBS News about how they took the news.

    “We were a bit horrified to hear of the invitation,” said Shirley Ferrill, a member of Talladega’s Class of 1974. 

    “I don’t want my alma mater to give the appearance of supporting him,” Ferrill added. “Ignore, decline or whatever, but please don’t send our band out in our name to do that.”

    Others have come forward to condemn the school for performing for a man who directly opposes everything HBCUs stand for.

    “After how Black people were treated at Trump’s rallies, you’re going to go and shuck and jive down Pennsylvania Avenue? For what?” Seinya SamForay said in an interview. “What they did is a slap in the face to other Black universities.”

  2. Upon hearing the announcement, many took to Twitter to shame the college for performing at the inauguration of a president who used racism to win an election
  3. The Talladega College marching band has performed at annual HBCU Battle of the bands
  4. Petitions have already begun for Talladega to withdraw their participation. The school has not commented on the performance.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Talladega College Marching Band via Facebook)

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