Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin was uninvited from a city-sponsored concert at Washington D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial Saturday (August 10). The decision was made by mayor Vincent Gray after receiving complaints about McClurkin’s stance on homosexuals, based on controversial comments he has made in the past..
McClurkin is an “ex-gay” activist who believes being homosexual is a sin and can be overcome, the Washington Post reports. He was scheduled to be a headline performer at the concert, which was the first in a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which culminated with King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
McClurkin’s scheduled performance was met with objections by local gay rights activists, at which point he was uninvited. In a video McClurkin posted online, he calls the move discrimination and bullying. “It is depriving someone of their civil rights when they are told they can not come to an event, and by coming it would cause a disruption.”
A spokesman for the mayor says McClurkin will still receive his pay for the show, $10,000.