Despite the backlash that Talladega College received for accepting to perform during the Trump inaugural parade, they still might not have the funds to participate. However, South Carolina State University alumnus, Armstrong Williams, offers to pay their way. The band also has a GoFundMe to raise funds.
While Talladega College, an HBCU in Alabama, has received backlash from alumni and stirred an intense online debate over the last few weeks for their band accepting the invitation to perform during President-Elect Trump's inaugural parade, they can’t go without the funds.
According to Newsone, a fellow HBCU alumnus, Armstrong Williams who graduated from South Carolina State University, has offered to pay $60K to support the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes travel costs. Talladega College has yet to accept the offer from the conservative political commentator/ entrepreneur.
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Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, President of Talladega College, says that the Talladega College Board of Trustees will have to discuss whether or not to accept the funds. “We’ll review all the funds that come in… we want to make sure that we’re very careful and not accepting from one particular party or the other.”
Regardless of any donations, the University is still seeking $75K through their GoFundMe page, which so far has accrued $7,000 since the campaign was created last week. Hawkins claims that the funds are needed to commute the group of about 230 people.