Zeller Chapel of the Roses

2107 Ne Broadway St, Portland, OR


Homer Clay Jr.

September 8, 1944June 10, 2019

Homer "Deville" Clay was a pillar in the Civil Rights Movement, serving as one of the founders of, and Minister of Education for, the Black Guerilla Family and The Black Liberation Army. He is revered as a great Philosopher, Theologist, Historian and Teacher; a leader respected, loved, and admired even by his greatest foes. He was a fountain of wisdom earning the highly honored title Joka Hekima (Wise Dragon). As a Revolutionary, he worked with countless influential greats including George Jackson, Angela Davis, Mutulu and Assata Shakur, to name a few. They adopted the ancient seven virtues (seven rays of splendor) of Ma'at as the founding principles of peace which later became the principles of Kwanzaa. He developed curriculum for the BGF, BLA, and Black Panther Party. He mentored countless incarcerated young men who would in turn help to drive the revolution forward. Though he spent much of his life incarcerated himself, he was able to reach far beyond the walls of any prison and pushed the movement forward with extreme force serving also as President in the Uhuru Movement.

In addition to playing the fatherhood role in the revolution, Homer Clay was a Music Producer, Song Writer of "Get a Job", Entrepreneur, Artist Manager and Organizer of Community Events. His masterful novel “American Maasai” is based on the roots of his existence, and is greatly anticipated by his comrades and students.

Homer Clay, lovingly known as Deville, is father to five children who carry the torch of the fire that burned in his heart; Homer, Toussaint, Jessie, Dessalines and Christophe. His loving wife Lisa Clay, gave tender love and care at his side until the very end. We have all been honored deeply by his life.

Homer Clay made the passage over to the ancestors on June 10th, 2019.


  • Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Homer Clay Jr.

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