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Lee Roy Hawkins / Press

“MarQueis Gray Seeks Song of Salvation THIS STORY APPEARED IN THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE. THE SONG REFERENCED IS "NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT," WHICH WAS SUNG BY LEE ROY HAWKINS ON THE MORNING MINNESOTA GOPHERS QB MARQUEIS GRAY HIS REFERRING TO IN THIS ARTICLE, SAYING THE RENDITION OF THE SONG TOUCHED HIM AND CHANGED HIS LIFE! PRAISE GOD!!!!! The choir started singing, but MarQueis Gray tuned the music out. Gray looked at his mother, Alicia, laid his head on her shoulder, "and just busted out in tears," he says. As the singers roared, he described to his mother his newly steeled resolve to play football, to go to college, to overcome everything that seemed to be conspiring to hold him back. She began crying, too. "I took his head in my hands and said, 'This is what you want, then do it. You'll be all right, don't you ever doubt it,'" Alicia Gray says. "That's when I knew this all would happen, because he wasn't going to let it not happen." ”

“The Emmanuel Ensemble will guide visitors through the history of African American gospel music beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 at the Park Grove Branch Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave. in Cottage Grove. Carl Clomon, minister of music at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in St. Paul, leads the group, which is comprised of Edward Ballard, Jim Gates, Jonathan Goss, Lee Roy Hawkins and Marlon Myles. All are invited. The program is free. For details, call library manager Carol Warner, at (651) 459-2040. ”

“JEAN BOENING MEMORIAL MUSIC SERIES Lee Roy Hawkins, Gospel Singer, will share his gift of music with us at the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, October 10. In music all of his life, Lee played guitar as a child, alto sax in the high school marching band, and while in the Air Force, joined with others in singing of God's love. He has been a dedicated church musician at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in St. Paul. He earned degrees from Metropolitan State and St. Mary's University. Mr. Hawkins and guests will be the first presenter on our Jean Boening Memorial Music Series, followed by Con Brio, The Minnesota Boy Choir, The St. Anthony Liturgical Dancers and Partners in Praise.”