The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has cancelled his speaking engagement in Cleveland for Wednesday because of undisclosed health concerns.

Wright, 70, is the pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and the former pastor of President Obama. He became a controversial figure to many Americans during the 2008 presidential campaign because of inflammatory remarks from excerpts of his sermons.

He was scheduled to speak during the final service of the United Church of Christ’s Black History Month worship series at noon in the Amistad Chapel at the denomination’s headquarters, 700 Prospect Ave. in Cleveland’s Gateway district.

The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the denomination’s general minister and president, will speak in Wright’s absence.

Black opened the series with a sermon about the link between African-American music and African-American history.

A portion of Wednesday’s service will be devoted to prayer for people affected by the school shootings in Chardon.

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