See also our tributes to Aretha Franklin, Bishop Walter Hawkins, and Lecresia Campbell

NEWorks Productions honors Edwin Hawkins (1943-2018)


NEWorks Productions remembers the legacy of Edwin Hawkins. We were privileged to honor Mr. Hawkins during the opening concert of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America, the nine-day festival NEWorks curated for and co-produced with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in April 2010. On this occasion, we presented Mr. Hawkins -- along with his brother, Bishop Walter Hawkins -- a lifetime achievement award, a medallion and ribbon that closely mirrored the same awards given annually to Kennedy Center honorees. 


Here are two pictures from the April 2010 concert, presented in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. In the upper picture, Edwin Hawkins is flanked by fellow honorees Sandra Crouch (who received the award on the behalf of her brother Andrae Crouch) and Albertina Walker. In the second picture, Mr. Hawkins hugs Kirk Franklin following his performance tribute.