Author Julius Lester Dies at Age 78
Award-winning author Julius Lester died on Jan. 18, 2018 at age 78. He taught Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts; the African-American activist converted to Judaism in 1982. He wrote 43 books, including the Newbery Honor To Be a Slave (1969), Coretta Scott King Author Award for Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue (2006), Coretta Scott King Honors for This Strange New Feeling (1983) and Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (1988). He also wrote the text for John Henry (1995), for which Jerry Pinkney received a Caldecott Honor.
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