Donnie McClurkin was was scheduled to sing at a multi-cultural concert to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Saturday, August 10 at 8 PM. After upsetting local LGBT advocates in DC, the plug was pulled on this smarmy zealot and he will no longer be crooning.
This is excellent news. It was a preposterous idea to have this unrepentant bigot perform at an event about love and peace. His presence would have mocked everything that Martin Luther King Jr. stood for. While King will be remembered for his “I have a dream” speech, McClurkin will be remembered for his many “I have a delusion” speeches promoting the “ex-gay” myth.
The Washington Blade’s Lou Chibbaro reports that D.C. gay activist and longtime civil rights advocate, Phil Pannell, led the charge to have McClurkin nixed from the show.
“The statements he has made are just vile,” said Pannell in referring to McClurkin’s public statements about homosexuality. “This is a District government sanctioned event, and I just find it incredible that they can do something like this.”
According to the Blade, McClurkin’s views on homosexuality made national headlines in October 2007, when he performed at an outdoor gospel concert in South Carolina organized by the presidential campaign of then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. Upon learning of McClurkin’s appearance at the event, gay activists criticized Obama for inviting the fundamentalist minister and singer, saying he had emerged at the time as a leading figure in the “ex-gay” movement.
More on this issue from Alvin McEwen. Also, check out Truth Wins Out’s interview with TWO Board member Rev. Irene Monroe about Donnie McClurkin