Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Do Lord Remember Me

Do Lord Remember Me

A Novel

Julius Lester

St. Martin's Griffin



In a gray fieldstone house in Nashville, Tennessee, the Reverend Joshua Smith Sr.--the staunch and gentle man known to thousands in black churches throughout the South as the Singing Evangelist and to one white reporter as "the Colored Billy Graham"--is trying to compose his own obituary on what will be the last day of his life. In doing so, he looks back over that life--from his childhood in rural northern Mississippi to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, from tears of humiliation to songs of celebration and triumph.

When Do Lord Remember Me was first published in 1984, the Chicago Sun-Times compared it to Alex Haley's Roots, Newsday described it as "exquisitely crafted," People as "distinguished," the Philadelphia Inquirer as "riveting," and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer declared "every page has something worth remembering." Thirty years later and now a classic, Julius Lester's Do Lord Remember Me is an eloquent and deeply moving story about a black family's dignified struggle for survival.


Praise for Do Lord Remember Me

“An intense and passionate story.” —Ebony

“Julius Lester is foremost...among black writers who produce their works from a position of historical strength.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Lester forces us to feel the texture of the South as it must have once lamentational, cautionary, and joyous.” —The Boston Globe

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About the author

Julius Lester

Julius Lester is the author of over forty books for children and adults. He has received numerous awards including a Newbery Honor for To Be a Slave, ALA Notable Book for Sam and the Tigers, and Smithsonian magazine's Best Book of the Year. He lives in Belchertown, Massachusetts.

Julius Lester

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