Do, Lord, remember me

Do, Lord, remember me. African American spiritual*.   African American Sources    Though its exact roots are lost in history, the spiritual ‘Do, Lord, remember me’ likely begins in the 19th-century antebellum period. This spiritual should not be confused with a shorter traditional response, ‘Remember me’, that often appears in African American hymnals with a harmonization by Judge Jefferson Cleveland*. William McClain, late United Methodist professor of homiletics, identifies this spiritual with the experience of enslaved Africans:   Quoting the words of the thief on the cross, recorded in Luke 23:42, the slaves believed that even in the face of death, the last word belongs to God...

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