by Michael Imhotep, TheMichaelImhotepShow.com
Sat., 1-7-17, 12:14 pm EST, Updated Mon. 1-9-17, 10:51 am EST
UPDATE: Monday morning, Jan. 9th, 2017 on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Roland Martin interviewed Billie Hawkins, President of Talladega College. They discussed the controversy over the HBCU performing at the Inauguration of Donald Trump, why they chose to go and Armstrong Williams offer to pay the $60,000 needed for their 230 student band to travel.
“My band Director came to me…he applies for parades all over the country. The application was sent in prior to the election. I didn’t view this as a political event. Many of our students or all of them have never even traveled to our nation’s capitol. I do appreciate how our Alumni and students feel,” Dr. Hawkins said. Listen to the interview here.
Many people have been talking about HBCU Talladega College’s Marching Tornadoes decision to perform during the parade immediately after the Jan. 20th, 2017 Inauguration of President Elect Donald Trump. Talladega is Alabama’s oldest HBCU Liberal Arts College has received backlash after their decision was made public to participate on Dec. 31st, 2016.
Several alumni spoke to CBS to reprimand the school’s controversial move. They are outraged an HBCU would perform for Trump following his numerous offensive comments about Blacks, Mexicans, Muslims, and the LGBT community, NewsOne reported.
“I don’t want my alma mater to give the appearance of supporting him,” 1974 graduate Shirley Ferrill said in an interview with CBS. “Ignore, decline or whatever, but please don’t send our band out in our name to do that.”
Petitions have been created for and against the 200 member band marching band participating.
I guarantee you that footage of this African American marching band performing in the parade will be shown in a loop on FOX News and in Conservative circles to try to dupe African Americans into supporting Donald Trump’s initiatives. They will use the African Americans and any others who perform to legitimize Trump to our community even though his policies are to the contrary such as his pick for Attorney General, Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AL). This was a man who was deemed too racist to be a Federal Judge in 1986 because of some past comments that he has made.
On Thursday, after days of speculation that the college administration might bow to the pressure and remove the band from the parade roster, the president of Talladega College, Billy Hawkins, issued a statement confirming the participation of the band, the Marching Tornadoes, and argued, in essence, that the 58th presidential inauguration is about something bigger than Mr. Trump.
“We respect and appreciate how our students and alumni feel about our participation in this parade,” Dr. Hawkins said. “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.”
I was a guest on the “Wake Up With Steve Hood” radio show on 910 AM Superstation, Detroit on 1-5-17 and was asked if HBCU Talladega’s Marching Band should perform. Here is what I said, “Where is Donald Trump’s plan to fund HBCUs?” As I had discussed before, elections have consequences. We have to focus on policies instead of personalities. As I mentioned during the interview and previously, Hillary Clinton had a plan to help fund HBCUs.
Michael Imhotep is a national radio talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network. He is the host of The Michael Imhotep Show on The Empowerment Radio Network and can be heard Monday-Friday, 4pm-6pm EST on www.TuneIn.com or the TuneIn Radio App and search for “Empowerment Radio Network”. He also hosts The African History Network Show, Sundays, 9pm-11pm EST on 910 AM The Superstation in Detroit. Listen around the world online at www.910AMSuperstation.com or by downloading the 910AM App to your smartphone. Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for podcasts of his shows, his upcoming lectures, DVDs and more information about our history.
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