How Fox News helped a historically black school go to the inauguration

Jake Jones



The Talladega College Marching Tornadoes now have plenty of money to play at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

The small, historically black college was struggling to raise the $75,000 needed to fund the trip to Washington, D.C., for the band's 230 members.

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That was, until Talladega College President Billy C. Hawkins went on Fox News' top-rated show, "The O'Reilly Factor," which averages over 3 million viewers.

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Within a day, the band's GoFundMe page went from $50,000 to more than $300,000.

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Talladega alumni and others have criticized the band's decision to play for Trump, who has struggled to get performers for his inauguration.

But Hawkins said in a news conference that band members were excited to perform and none had backed out in protest.