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PRE-INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES: HBCUs & Black Excellence Were Celebrated On Inauguration Eve + Howard & FAMU Bands Show OUT!

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Before Inauguration Day, there were a few virtual events that went down leading up to the big day. Black Excellence was celebrated virtually before Howard University hit the streets of D.C. with Vice President Kamala Harris. More inside…

Before President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in today, black excellence was celebrated! We’ve all just witnessed HERstory as Kamala is the first Black person, first South Asian American and first woman in U.S. history to ever become the Vice President. Not to mention, Black voters helped deliver Biden’s presidency to defeat Trump.

Last night, the Presidential Inaugural Committee hosted a virtual celebration, “We Are One,’ to honor and celebrate all within the Black Community and African Diaspora, featuring powerful speakers, inspiring stories, and entertaining performances.

The event paid homage to the rich history and legacy of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities, as well as Black sororities & fraternities. Kamala Harris is the first HBCU graduate and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member to be vice president.

Hosted by HBCU grad Terrence J, several of the nation’s top Black leaders delivered remarks, including voting rights activist/democracy queen Stacey Abrams and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who is a close ally of Biden whose endorsement in South Carolina widened Biden’s winning margin and started his slew of March primary victories. Also, Rep. Cedric Richmond, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Joyce Beatty, Sen. Cory Booker, and the incoming senator from Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock, gave remarks.

There were also appearances by Leslie Jones, Frankie Beverly, Kim Fields, Erika Alexander, and Jason George.

For entertainment, there was a special performance by Tobe Nwigwe, in addition to performances by DJ D-Nice, The O’Jays, Rapsody, Step Afrika, the String Queens, the Texas Southern University Debate Team, and more.

Taking it up a notch, the virtual event also showcased a Battle of the Bands, which featured Florida A&M University Marching 100, Grambling State University World Famed Marching Band, Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South, Louisiana Leadership Institute All-star Marching Band, South Carolina State University Marching 101, Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band, and the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands.

Peep the clips above and below:

YASSSS to all this HBCU love!

You can watch a stream of the event below:

Following the “We Are One” event, Presidential Inaugural Committee hosted the “Latino Inaugural 2021: Inheritance, Resilience, and Promise,” which featured appearances by Eva Longoria and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The pre-inauguration events were part programming that spanned over five-days under the inaugural’s theme of “America United.

Speaking of bands…

Howard University’s Showtime Marching Band will accompany VP Kamala Harris – an alumna of Howard – to the White House after she is sworn in as Vice President. The bells at Howard tolled 49 times to honor the historic moment Kamala Harris became the 49th Vice President!

Last night, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris honored the 400,000 people who lost their lives due to the Coronavirus. Biden was joined by his wife Jill Biden and Harris' husband, Doug Emhoff.


Congrats to President Joe Biden & Vice President Kamala Harris!

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