More performers are trying to back out out performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Alumni of Alabama’s oldest private, historically black liberal arts college, Talladega College, are upset their marching band accepted an invitation to perform in President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration parade.
The marching band will march along the streets of Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20 as other historically black college marching bands sit it out, the AP reported.
The move sparked debate on the college’s social media pages and alumni told the news service they disagreed with the decision.
“We were a bit horrified to hear of the invitation,” Shirley Ferrill of Fairfield, Ala., a member of Talladega’s Class of 1974, told the AP.
“I don’t want my alma mater to give the appearance of supporting him,” Ferrill said. “Ignore, decline or whatever, but please don’t send our band out in our name to do that.”
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced last week that the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes and 40 other groups were slated to participate in the parade.
Alumni of other historically black colleges around the country have said they would not want their marching bands performing in the parade either. Howard University, which performed at President Obama’s first inaugural parade, won’t participate in Trump’s.