Donnie McClurkin dropped from King Memorial concert at urging of gay activists
Representatives from Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s office said McClurkin was asked not to perform because the event was supposed to unite people, not divide them.
“The Arts and Humanities Commission and Donnie McClurkin’s management decided that it would be best for him to withdraw because the purpose of the event is to bring people together,” said Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Gray. “Mayor Gray said the purpose of the event is to promote peace and harmony. That is what King was all about.”
McClurkin, who has said God delivered him from a homosexual lifestyle, said Gray “uninvited me from a concert that I was supposed to headline.”
In a video statement that he posted online Saturday on Socialcam, he also said that the claim he was dropped because of concerns over unity was ironic.
“There should be freedom of speech as long as it’s done in love,” McClurkin said in the video, adding that he believes it is unfortunate that in today’s world, “a black man, a black artist is uninvited from a civil rights movement depicting the love, the unity, the peace, the tolerance.”