Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples has been in the music industry for over 60 years. She will speak at Liberty Hall in August about her career.

R&B and gospel star Mavis Staples will speak in Lawrence at Liberty Hall for Lawrence Public Library’s 780s Series August 21.

According to a press release by the library, Staples was originally slated to speak in 2018, but the death of her sister caused her to cancel the speech.

The event will not be a performance, but rather a talk with the person behind the music.

“Ms. Staples will spend the evening in conversation with Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks, sharing stories from her long and storied career, her unique, frontline passage through the Civil Rights Movement and her own experiences of a tumultuous time in American life where her voice featured prominently on the era's soundtrack,” a press release from the library said.

The 780s Series brings in a musician each year in order to discuss their stories. According to the library, the annual event gets its name from the Dewey Decimal System labeling 780 as all things music.

The event is free to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. There will be no autographs, so leave your pens at home.