about - Lem Sheppard, Pittsburg, KS
Lemuel Sheppard began performing in 1979 as a member of the Eva Jessye Choir. The 87-year-old Dr. Jessye taught lem the songs her father sang and played on the guitar. Dr. Eva Jessye, the original choral director for the folk opera "Porgy and Bess," was artist in residence in Kansas. The US Embassy in Brazil referred to Lem as “The perfect touring artist, talented, flexible, knowledgeable of his own culture and interested in others." The Eisteddfod International Music Festival in South Africa referred to him as “An example in international and inter-cultural relations" Lemuel is a recipient of the Kansas Folklore Society's Joan O'Bryant award and also an inductee in the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame. Lem has performed at the Kennedy Center and also composed the sound track to the PBS documentary on the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. The Topeka Board of Education, "Black, and White & Brown.” In 2017 Lem received the Meritorious Achievement Award from Pittsburg State University at Pittsburg Kansas.