Talledega College in the U.S. state of Alabama is a historically black higher education institution, which was founded in America 150 years ago.
It is located in Talledega, Alabama. Though Talladega College may be a small school that isn’t well-known, it is one of the longest-standing HBCUs in America. This school also has a great degree of cultural significance. It was founded in 1867 by newly freed slaves who sought to uplift future generations by providing higher education to the black youth.
The Talladega College school marching band was recently given the opportunity to perform at America’s upcoming 45th presidential inauguration. When the news broke that the marching band was scheduled to perform, public pressure was applied to convince college administrators to reject the invitation.
The black community at-large felt it was dishonorable for the Talledega College marching band to perform at the upcoming presidential inauguration because of the highly controversial man who as been elected to the position of America president: Donald J. Trump.
Trump has been widely of accused of being a racist due to many of the inflammatory antics he performed on the campaign trail. Opponents of the marching band’s performance at Trump’s inauguration believe Talledega College’s presence there is a slap in the face of the historical pioneers who founded the school.
Many people thought that school administrators would cave to the pressure from activists and cancel the college’s participation in the inauguration. However, the New York Times reported on January 5th that Dr. Billy Hawkins, the president of Tallega College released a statement saying the school would participate in the ceremony.
Dr. Hawkins’ statement partially reads as follows:
“We respect and appreciate how our students and alumni feel about our participation in this parade. As many of those who chose to participate in the parade have said, we feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power.”
The presidential inauguration is scheduled for January 20th.