Donnie McClurkin Does Not Appear At King Memorial Concert

Source: Hamil Harris / The Washington Post

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, who has said God delivered him from “the curse” of homosexuality, did not appear in a Saturday evening concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, after several gay rights activists objected to his participation in the event.

McClurkin was scheduled to perform in the D.C.-government-sponsored concert with other singers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the “Reflections on Peace: From Gandhi to King” event. But at the request of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), who fielded concerns from activists Friday, the Grammy-winning singer decided not to perform, according to the mayor’s office.

“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 disputed that account, saying he was “asked not to attend” the concert. In a lengthy video statement posted online Saturday, McClurkin said Gray “uninvited me from a concert that I was supposed to headline.”

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  • AN

    I have always said even though God made us all , giving us all free will to decide and choose the lives we want to live according to what we believe, do not have the right to be disagreeable because some one choose differently for themselves. Minister McClurkin has decided to not live the life and feels that he has been delivered from what according to the Bible IS a sin, so why is he being persecuted for feeling he has been delivered?? So if this event was all about peace and coming together, how would Dr. King feel knowing someone was excluded from an event in his honor because of religious belief or sexual persuasion?? Something he fought against….. They all sound like hypocrits to me…..

  • Rochelle A. Bradley

    Wow and we protested the appearance of ted nuttgent here in New Haven, Ct and he still performed at Toads Place. With all the racist disrespectful things he has said about one of our young Black men, saying he deserved to be killed and the disrespectful he has said about our President. But we couldn’t stop the Toads from still allowing him to get on that stage.

  • Rosslyn Allgrownup Overstreet

    hmm something is wrong with this picture

  • Raising Kings

    So since when is bullying nonviolent? The gay community needs to get a clue. How can you demand others honor your experience as a homosexual and then dishonor Donnie McClurkin simply because his experience doesn’t fit your agenda. Why the fear? Why the dishonor? Why the discrimination against someone because they are straight? Uh Mayor, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

  • ddcarey

    I rejoice & give Praises to the Almighty God from delivering anyone from the ‘grips’ of sin. Several months ago, my pastor, D.L. Williams of Second Baptist Church, in Danville, Illinois, about 120 miles from Chicago, delivered a sermon, entitled, “Hate what God Hates”. What he was saying, simply put, God hates the sin in our lives, not us. God does not hate His creation. He sent His ‘only begotten Son, to die in our stead. He loves us, but not the sin in our lives. I respect & appreciation a person of Bishop McClurkin’s statue personal confession. So many of us, who have been delivered from our past, would prefer to hide from our past. Until everyone that has known you dies, your past lives, but you don’t have to be a prisoner of your past. If God has forgiven Bishop McClurkin of his past & sins, who are we not to do likewise? Remember, the Word tells, ‘Judge not, lest you be judged with the same yardstick you used to judge your fellow man’. Only God is the ‘Righteous Judge’.

  • monalisa15

    Black people need to stop supporting black and white politicians who are embracing gay rights. These people are bullies and are trying to highjack the civil rights movement. Mayor Gray should not be reelected. He has shown disrespect to our community and faith. Enough of this foolishness.

  • JoVon Lachey

    Some good points here. I break down my thoughts on YouTube: