BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (WIAT) – Historically Black Colleges and University marching bands were a part of history Sunday evening. For the first time, all six HBCU marching bands from the state faced off against one another in the Battle for Birmingham at Legion Field and the prize was priceless.
“It’s our culture. It’s our heritage, and you can really learn a lot about the African-American community with how we display our unity with one another when it comes to HBCU’s,” says 95.7 Jamz radio personality NuYork.
In the past, African Americans were denied the opportunity for education, so historically black colleges became a safe haven for learning as well as a hub for cultivating and sharing black arts and culture.
To this day, one of the things that make the black college experience so unique is the style of the marching bands. For decades, HBCU bands have wowed crowds with their ability to rock the crowd and turn our favorite hip-hop and R&B songs into full-blown field performances.
Prior to the battle, a college fair was be held where representatives from all six colleges talked about opportunities at the schools.