DemDaily: Inaugural Update: Have a Ball
January 19, 2021Last night the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) unveiled three new events -- virtual Inaugural "Balls" dedicated to celebrating the Asian American and Pacific Islander, African American and Latino communities Tuesday night.
In lieu of the normal 10 to 20 official and unofficial extravagant balls that are usually held during inauguration, PIC has partnered with major organizations to offer an alternative to the viewing public.
Events that "will honor acts of resilience, heroism, and commitment to unity from the Black, Latino, and AAPI communities as the coalitions that make up our nation come together to celebrate a new chapter in our history," said PIC CEO Tony Allen.
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JANUARY 19th, TUESDAY
The evening celebrations will follow two daytime events:
Discovery Education will provide a virtual learning experience to educators, students and families, with a special message from future First Lady Jill Biden and interviews with inauguration experts and historians.
5:30pm EST: National COVID Memorial
To honor the lives lost to COVID-19. The ceremony will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and illumination of buildings and churches in cities and towns across the country.
7:00pm-8:00pm EST: AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers
In partnership with IMPACT and RUN AAPI, the PIC will join an Inaugural Ball celebrating the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and the multitude of contributions they make to our nation. The event will feature remarks from AAPI organizers, political leaders, celebrities and musical, comedy, and cultural performances.
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8:00pm-9:30pm EST: We Are One
PIC will host an evening celebration honoring the Black Community and African Diaspora, featuring powerful speakers, inspiring stories, and entertaining performances.
It will also feature performances by Tobe Nwigwe, DJ D-Nice, The O'Jays, Rapsody, Step Afrika, the String Queens, the Texas Southern University Debate Team, and more.
The event will also include a Battle of the 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 Marching Band, and the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands.
9:30pm-10:30pm EST: Latino Inaugural 2021: Inheritance, Resilience, and Promise
In partnership with the Hispanic Federation and over 50 co-host organizations, the PIC will join an Inaugural tribute to tell the story of Latinos' contributions to our nation.
The event will also include an Emilio Estefan produced performance of One World, One Prayer by the Wailers, featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy and Cedella Marley.
For the Inaugural Day Schedule see: DemDaily: Inaugural Week: The New Lineup! More developments to come this afternoon!
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Sources: Presidential Inaugural Committee