The President-Elect is struggling to book acts for his inauguration as act after act refuses to take part in it. However, that doesn’t mean that they’ll all be sitting on their couches at home while he’s sworn in.

It has been announced that Solange Knowles and Angela Davis will now be appearing at the Jan. 19 Peace Ball, which will be held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal is organizing the event and told the Washington Post that it’s not meant to be in protest of Donald Trump, as much as it will be an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of progression in recent years.

“It’s a celebration of accomplishment — over the last four years, there’s been progress on marriage equality, criminal justice reform, and health care,” he said. “We don’t always take the time to stand back and look at this great stuff and celebrate.”

Other guests and hosts for the event will be Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Sonia Sanchez Alicia Garza, Van Jones, Melissa Harris-Perry and many more notable figures.

Angela Davis will also be speaking at The University of Missouri on Jan. 24 to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We are delighted that she is coming to share her life experience with us,” said Stephanie Shonekan, chairwoman of the MU Black Studies Department . “She’s the right person for where we are right now as a country and as a community.”

As an alumnus of the university, it’s wonderful to see a speaker with as much of a history in black progressive thought speak at Mizzou. But I’m also a bit jealous that it happened after I’ve left.

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