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August 25 , 2010

Do Lord Remember Me

A Novel


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.

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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.

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