The climax of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry comes when the night riders try to lynch T.J. Avery, a friend of the children who has been involved in a robbery. Stacey quickly sends the other children to warn the Logans that the crowd will come to their house next. David Logan is very resourceful and decides to set fire to his own cotton field, which borders Harlan Granger's land, and the mob rushes to put it out. The community fights the fire through the night; both black and white, men and women help fight the fire.
The night that T.J. comes to the Logans and asks for help, leading up to when the white mob tries to lynch him and Papa starts the fire causing them to stop.
During the night, T.J. comes to the Logan children for help. After this incident, the action rises to its climax. The full climax of the novel is when Harlan Granger tells the men who are about to lynch T.J. to get off his land... they continue the arguing and the angry mob becomes worse. Mr. Logan, however, hears the roll of thunder in the distance and takes advantage of this summer storm to make this awful situation end. He sets fire to his own field, blaming it on the lightening. This act propels all the angry men, the children and the women into action working TOGETHER for the greater good of them all.