(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Several organizations from across the country are set to participate in the President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris events to celebrate their inauguration.

On January 19th, The Presidential Inaugural Committee will host an evening celebration to honor all within the Black Community and African Diaspora, featuring powerful speakers, inspiring stories, and entertaining performances, including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) marching bands. This event is called We Are One and will be a virtual event; will include our recently named Most Dominant HBCU Leader of 2021 Tennessee State University President and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover and Vice President-Elect Harris is also slated to speak.

The PIC is led by Delaware State University President Dr. Allen, who has known the President-Elect and his family for 25 years – four years of which he served as a special assistant and speechwriter for the then-U.S. Senator Biden in the late 1990s.

The event will be hosted by Terrance J and feature appearances by Leslie Jones, Frankie Beverly, Stacey Abrams, Whip Jim Clyburn, Rep. Cedric Richmond, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Joyce Beatty, Senator Cory Booker, Senator-Elect Rev. Raphael Warnock, Kim Fields, Erika Alexander and Jason George. It will also feature 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.

This event will also include a Battle of the HBCU Bands, featuring 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, and the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands.

“We are incredibly honored that the Sonic Boom was asked to join in such a historic occasion. This is a significant opportunity and unforgettable moment for our students in the band program,” said Thomas K. Hudson, Jackson State University President in a statement. “We are truly proud of the work they do on and off the field, and this special performance is a reflection of their commitment to their craft.”

“Even in a pandemic, the World Famed will showcase its talent on a platform that will be seen across the globe,” said Rick Gallot Jr., Grambling State University President in a statement. “We are proud that they will be representing the institution for the inauguration of the first HBCU graduate to serve as Vice President of the United States of America.”

We Are One will steam live on Tuesday, January 19th at 8:00 p.m. at bideninaugural.org and Urban One, HBCU Grad, NowThis, Revolt TV, The Source, The Shade Room, BET, The Grio TV, Daily Kos, Watch The Yard, Blavity, and on NBC Peacock TV – on The Choice, which is Peacock’s free, exclusive news channel. You can also visit bideninaugural.org for a full schedule of other events surrounding the inauguration of the 46th President and 48th Vice President of the United States.

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The American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced on Friday (March 16) that Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) will take a hiatus in 2019 and will return in 2020.

In a release statement from American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda congratulates Atlanta – HBOB’s home since the program’s inception on being selected as the host city for Super Bowl LIII. Due to the timing of and preparation required for the big game, HBOB is unable to be host in Atlanta next year.

Since 2003, HBOB has provided top marching bands from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) an opportunity to deliver dynamic performances on a national stage. While the HBOB Invitational Showcase will be postponed until 2020, Honda remains steadfast in their commitment to the HBCU community. Honda will continue its HBOB grant program in 2019 to support HBCU music education programs and will share details in the coming months. Honda will also continue to recognize an extraordinary individual making a positive impact in the HBCU community with their annual Power of Dreams Award.

Honda believes that HBCUs play a unique and critical role in providing higher education and opportunities for advancement to the African-American community. Through initiatives like HBOB and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), will have been able to reach more than 170,000 students and award over $12 million in grants to HBCUs since 1989. These initiatives have also enabled us to provided an unforgettable experience and fantastic chance for students to create memories that will last a lifetime, including meeting and networking with their peers from different schools.

For more information about the hiatus and HBOB, visit www.hondabattleofthebands.com.