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Hannibal Free Public Library to offer program on black history Feb. 19

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 8, 2019 1:30 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal Free Public Library will offer a program on "Black History Through the Youthful Eyes of Puppetry" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The program is in conjunction with African-American History Month, which is being celebrated through February.

The program will be presented by Marsha Mayfield and her troupe of puppeteers.

Mayfield is a songstress, community organizer, retired entrepreneur, local volunteer and board member for Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center.

Mayfield's love for black history was cultivated in the 1970s while she was living in Des Moines, Iowa, and furthering her education at a time when the Black Power movement was taking place. She set out to learn about African-American contributions to the nation's culture. She also became determined to live a life dedicated to helping youths and the underserved.

Mayfield subsequently received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the 2012 Martin Luther King Drum Major Award.

Mayfield was a co-founder of the Hannibal youth group PYRFEECT. She also was a co-founder of Kids In Motion and one of the creators of Hannibal's Juneteenth celebration, now in its 20th year. She also is the creator of the social media page "Straight Outta Suga London."

Mayfield is a member of New London Second Christian Church, where she is a soloist, one of the directors of the music ministry and a youth director, which gave her the opportunity to develop the youth puppetry education program.

The Hannibal Free Public Library promotes the study of black history all year -- not just during African-American History Month. The library has a wide variety of books and materials related to black history, including books and materials designed for children.

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