Gospel singer Kirk Franklin said he is “heartbroken” after remarks he made about social justice at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards were cut from TBN’s airing. The edited remarks called on the audience to pray for the families of Atatiana Jefferson and the officer who killed her last month in Texas.
“I asked everyone in the audience and those viewing to join me in prayer for not only Atatiana’s family, including her 8-year-old nephew who witnessed the killing, but also for the family of the police officer,” Franklin said in an Instagram video.
Remarks on Jefferson and the officer can be heard near the end of his speech at the Dove Awards.
Franklin said that he made similar remarks at last year’s Dove Awards, focusing on the killings of Philando Castile and Walter Scott — these remarks were also cut from TBN’s airing.
Franklin announced in an Instagram video that he will be boycotting events affiliated with the Dove Awards, the Gospel Music Association, and the Trinity Broadcasting Network until changes are made to “protect and champion diversity.”
“After meeting with the Dove Awards Committee and representatives from TBN, I’ve made the decision after prayer, consultation with my team and my pastor Dr. Tony Evans, to not attend any events affiliated with or for the Dove Awards, Gospel Music Association, or TBN until tangible plans are put in place to protect and champion diversity, especially where people of color have contributed their gifts, talents, and finances to help build the viability of these institutions,” Franklin said.