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The memorial celebration for the legendary, Bishop Walter Hawkins at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California, was held this morning. His maghony-brown casket sat at stage left and was covered with a beautiful flower arrangement. Not clear why the casket wasn’t front and center, but I have my own speculations. Perhaps it was Bishop Hawkins humility, always feeling the need to let others shine. Whatver the reason, Bishop Hawkins will forever be remembered as a man who loved everybody and believed that God accepts us all — that regardless of adversity, you have to love.

More photos and video highlights after the click:

Bishop Hawkins children,

Jamie Hawkins and Trystan Hawkins address the crowd.

Edwin Hawkins and his three sisters, Carol, Feddie, Lynette,

and brother, Daniel, all speak to the crowd.

Donnie McClurkin and BeBe Winans sing “STAND”.

Bishop Kenneth Moales prophecies for Jamie Hawkins. The

moment that caught everyone by surprise, I was move beyond

imagination. However, I did notice earlier when Jamie spoke,

it was something different about him. I said to myself, Jamie

sound like a preacher.

A “praise break” during the service, it’s sure to make you dance.

Also, Obama’s resolution to Bishop Hawkins and other highlights.