Clovice Lewis is one of the gentlest people you will meet. An intellectual by nature and by profession. Clovice is a renowned cellist and composer (he wrote his first symphony at 17), a university professor, a software engineer, and entrepreneur. Currently he’s studying for the Unitarian Universalist ministry with an emphasis on breaking down racial, ethnic and class barriers.
Clovice is also a friend of ours and he generously agreed to add a cello part to Roy’s song “DWB (Driving While Black).” Here are the beautiful and haunting results:
Clovice has not one but many “DWB” stories to tell. He’s been pulled over any number of times, detained by police, provoked, interrogated for no reason other than the color of his skin. He’s been discriminated against in the workplace, and he’s been denied housing.
“If you don’t believe me,” Clovice says, “go find some other random Black man and ask him to verify what I’m saying. If he’s honest, he’ll tell you of his experiences that most likely surpass my own.”
Clovice has a lot to say about what he calls “the illusion of race.” His is a stark, clear, and somehow optimistic message about the way forward which he detailed in a recent sermon for the UU Church of Lake County, CA.
Watch his sermon, “The Arc of Justice - Up Close and Personal” here:
“We can’t get through this without some really, really radical changes,” Clovice says. “Here’s how we’re going to do this thing from now on. We are going to love the hell out of each other.”
Amen, my friend. Amen.
-- Roy and Melanie