The resiliency, tradition and heroism of Black Americans and the African diaspora will be the central theme of a digital occasion on Tuesday that will rejoice the nation’s variety on the eve of U.S. president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Vice-president-elect Kamala Harris is slated to talk on the occasion, referred to as We Are One, which will additionally honour the historic nature of her being the primary Black and South Asian lady to turn out to be U.S. vice-president.
Black voters nationwide helped ship Biden’s presidency, overwhelmingly supporting him from the beginning of his White House bid. Black-led organizing work throughout the United States galvanized voters of color and contributed to historic turnout in key battleground states.
Tony Allen, CEO of the inaugural committee, mentioned the programming will “honour acts of resilience, heroism and commitment to unity” from Black, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities “as the coalitions that make up our nation come together to celebrate a new chapter in our history.”
Several of the nation’s top Black leaders will ship remarks, together with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a detailed ally of Biden whose endorsement in South Carolina widened his successful margin and began his avalanche of major victories final March.
U.S. Black faculties and universities highlighted
Among other audio system: Stacey Abrams, whose voter registration and training efforts helped flip Georgia blue for Biden; Rep. Cedric Richmond; Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Joyce Beatty; Sen. Cory Booker; and the incoming senator from Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock.
The occasion will pay homage to the legacy of the nation’s traditionally Black faculties and universities (HBCU), in addition to Black sororities and fraternities. Harris is the primary HBCU graduate and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority member to be vice-president.
The sorority’s worldwide president and CEO, Glenda Glover, and Howard University president Dr. Wayne Frederick will ship remarks.
Musical acts and bands
The occasion will characteristic musical performances and appearances from activists and celebrities. It will be hosted by Terrence J and have Leslie Jones, DJ D-Nice and Black cultural icons akin to Frankie Beverly, the O’Jays and Rapsody.
The celebration additionally features a Battle of the Bands and options a number of HBCUs, together with: Delaware State University, Howard University, the Texas Southern University Debate Team, 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.
The occasion is a part of 5 deliberate days of programming beneath the inaugural’s theme of “America United.” It will air Tuesday from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET on social media and on choose channels, together with Urban One, Revolt TV and The Choice channel on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service.