With two days left in its fundraising marketing campaign, Talladega School’s marching band obtained greater than thrice what it must get to Washington, D.C., for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration celebrations subsequent week.
The traditionally black faculty in Alabama wanted to boost $75,000 for journey, lodging and different bills. Via a GoFundMe web page, greater than four,700 folks have donated $280,000 and counting in simply 9 days.
The donations beginning flowing quickly after Talladega School President Billy Hawkins appeared on “The O’Reilly Issue” on FOX Information on Thursday. Earlier than the looks, the band had raised solely $57,000.
Talladega School, which traces its beginnings to 1865, when two former slaves arrange a faculty for the kids of their group, introduced earlier this month it had accepted the invitation from the Presidential Inauguration Committee.
On the time, Hawkins known as it a studying expertise for his college students exterior of the classroom.
“As lots of those that selected to take part within the parade have stated, we really feel the inauguration of a brand new president shouldn’t be a political occasion however a civil ceremony celebrating the switch of energy,” he stated in a press release.
On Thursday, Hawkins stated he has obtained a variety of strain from alumni, who stated he had “shamed the school” and that he’s “a shame” to African-Individuals.
“It’s been fairly nasty,” he added.
However within the face of the barrage of criticism, Hawkins stood agency in his resolution.
“It’s concerning the college students to have a possibility to take part on this nationwide stage, on this inaugural ceremony,” he instructed host Invoice O’Reilly. “It’s a civics ceremony. It’s not about politics.”