Famed gospel artist and pastor Donnie McClurkin says he was cut from a concert in Washington, D.C. tributing Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington because of his stance on homosexuality.
McClurkin discussed the incident, which he calls a “civil rights infringement” in a video, saying:
“”The Mayor of DC uninvited me from a concert that I was supposed to headline today at the Washington mall commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. I was asked not to attend even though I [was] considered the headliner of this concert. We received a telephone call from the promoters who received word from The Mayor’s office as well as the art commissioner that I was not welcome and uninvited the night before the concert.
[It’s] quite unfortunate that in today a black man, a black artist is uninvited from a civil rights movement depicting the love, the unity, the peace, the tolerance. These are bully tactics simply because of stances that I took never, ever demeaning, never, ever derogatorily addressing any, any lifestyle.
There should be freedom of speech as long as it’s done in love.”
Watch the full video here.
McClurkin previously revealed that he was sexually abused by members of his family and believes his past homosexual acts are a result of that abuse. He believes prayer and sheer willpower helped him reverse his sexual orientation. His controversial comments prompted several gay rights activists to complain to the office of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gary.
A representative for Gary’s office says McClurkin decided not to perform because the purpose of the concert was to bring people together.