Just in time for Gospel Music Heritage Month, the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration® Gospel Tour is back with its four-part, virtual “Gospel City Playlists” series to settle the debate on which U.S. region has the biggest gospel hits. Auburn’s very own Marshall family, who together own and operate seven McDonald’s restaurants in Auburn-Opelika-Shorter and Tuskegee, Alabama, were invited to provide the opening remarks for the event.
The Marshall family, consisting of husband and wife Paul and Dolly and two sons, Malcolm and Marcus, serve as active members in the Lee County community. They are founding members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lee County, and are passionate about enabling young people to reach their full potential. Additionally, they are in their 30th year of awarding financial scholarships to deserving high school students in both Macon and Lee counties to help further their education and build the next generation of Black Excellence. They are also huge supporters of the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham.
As part of the 15th annual tour, award-winning artists Sir The Baptist, Jonathan Nelson, DOE, L. Spencer Smith and Pastor Mike Jr. Bri Babineaux will shine on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET. Brought to fans by the Black and Positively Golden movement, the concert — which airs on BET.com, BET Network’s YouTube channel and the McDonald’s app — will collect donations to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, RMHC needs our support more than ever.
For the first time, McDonald’s app users can enjoy exclusively curated playlists with 15 of the top hits from artists in each region. Fans can join the conversation around their favorite artists and rep the experience using #blackandpositivelygolden.
The Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will air weekly on Sundays from Sept. 19 to Oct. 10. More information on participating artists can be found on the McDonald’s Newsroom.