HBCU Band Reportedly Performing at Trump’s Inauguration

As days continue to pass, we’re getting closer to having President-Elect Donald Trump sworn into office.

According to an announcement made on Friday (Dec. 30) by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes are among 40 groups, including high school bands and military organizations, scheduled to perform during the parade after Donald Trump’s inauguration. However, officials of the historically black institution have yet to confirm or deny the allegations according to the Grio.

The move has lit up Talladega College’s social media sites with a sharp debate about the band’s decision to participate. Some people voiced strong opposition, while others support the band’s participation.

The University of Tennessee’s Pride of the Southland Band is also expected to march, given their participation in every inaugural parade since Lyndon B. Johnson except President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013.

Back in October, Hillary Clinton pointed out that the Republican nominee did not have a plan for HBCUs and criticized her then opponent’s piss-poor comments about the black and brown community. “They have no education. They have no jobs,” the now president-elect said during the final presidential debate. “I will do more for African-Americans and Latinos than [Hillary Clinton] can do in 10 lifetimes. All she’s done is talked to the African Americans and the Latinos.”

Unsurprisingly, whether HBCUs should participate in closing out Donald Trump’s victory is up for debate.