The historically Black band from Talladega College that caught major fire for agreeing to perform at Donald Trump’s inaugural parade has raised more $500,000 on its GoFundMe page to attend the political event, reports Alabama Local News.

From Alabama Local News

More than $300,000 in donations poured in last Friday, after Talladega College President Billy Hawkins appeared on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Thursday night.

In a Friday news conference, Hawkins called the response “probably the single-greatest fundraising effort” for the school. Almost 10,000 donors have contributed on the GoFundMe page, many of the donations coming in relatively small amounts of $10, $20, $50 and $100.

About 225 members of the band are expected to take part in the trip. The band applied to participate in the parade before the election, but took heat on social media by some, including alumni, who said performing would be tantamount to an endorsement of Trump.

Despite Talladega’s decision, a number of artists including prominent African-Americans have said they would not perform at Trump’s inauguration and no other historically black colleges are participating, reports the New York Times.

Read a recent story on Talladega on NewsOne.

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5 thoughts on “Talladega College Raises More Than $500,000 For Inauguration Expenses

  1. Jaune Papion on said:

    This is a picture of Warren Easton high school of New Orleans ..not Talladega….stop using the wrong school picture…..Easton would not be a part of this….GET IT RIGHT!!!

  2. I’m glad to see this and happy for them, I saw Hawkins on the O’Reilly Factor
    This is what comes from telling the elitist liberal black plantation celebrities who assume
    That By their directions all blacks should follow to kiss your AZZ

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