Saturday, 13 July 2024

Middletown Art Center to host Juneteenth event

Clovice Lewis. Photo by Olivia Consterdine.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — The Middletown Art Center proud to announce that on June 19, 2023, renowned Unitarian Universalist minister, social activist and musician Clovice Lewis will be delivering a powerful and thought-provoking speech as part of the Juneteenth celebration.

Lewis aims to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved individuals in the United States and shed light on the ongoing struggle for racial justice and equality.

Joining Lewis for this third annual Juneteenth Celebration at MAC will be Gospel band Joyful Noise at 5:30 p.m. and Andre Williams and Friends at 7 p.m. Lewis will speak at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are available in advance online at MACLake.org for $15, at the door for $20 or $30 for two.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food by Goddess of the Mountain and beverages will be available for purchase.

Lewis’ speech will explore the deep divisions that exist in the United States from our founding as a nation to the present day around race and ethnicity. He notes that what is now celebrated as the “final” day of emancipation for African Americans is the result of misinformation and oppression employed by white supremacists during the Civil War era.

Drawing parallels to the present day, Lewis asserts that there are individuals today who, like their white supremacist ancestors, use misinformation, deceit, propaganda, and violence to further their political ends.

They seek to rewrite history and deny the existence of systemic racism, prejudice, and racial bias that has plagued our nation. Lewis will address the urgent need to confront these issues and dismantle the stranglehold they have on the true potential of our society.

The Middletown Art Center invites all community members to attend this enlightening and impactful event. Lewis's speech promises to be a catalyst for dialogue, understanding, and action towards creating a more just and equitable society for all.

Lewis is a highly respected Unitarian Universalist minister, social activist and musician known for his unwavering commitment to social justice, racial equality, and inclusive spirituality.

Through his speeches, sermons and music, Lewis engages audiences, challenging them to confront systemic injustices and work towards building a more compassionate and equitable world.

The Middletown Art Center is a vibrant cultural hub dedicated to promoting artistic expression, fostering dialogue, and inspiring social change.

Through exhibitions, performances, workshops, and community events, the Art Center provides a platform for diverse voices and perspectives, striving to create an inclusive and accessible space for all. Learn more about the MAC and ways to support their vital work at www.middletownartcenter.org.

The MAC is located at 21456 State Highway 175 at the junction of Hwy 29 in Middletown. Call 707-809-8118 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or accessibility assistance.

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