Kenneth Mayfield is the second of six children born to Herbert Hoover and Inez Mayfield of Okolona, Mississippi. His father worked for the railroad before he died in an auto accident when he was 9. His mother worked in housekeeping at the Okolona Community Hospital in Okolona,Mississippi.

KM_High_School_Graduation_pngIn May 1968, Kenneth graduated with honors from Fannie Carter High School (Now Okolona HighSchool). After high school, he enrolled at the University of Mississippi, where he got involved in acts of civil disobedience(regarding acts of racial discrimination) that led to a one (1) year suspension. In September 1970, he transferred to Tougaloo College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and obtained my B.A. Degree in Political Science.

In August 1973, Kenneth obtained my Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of 22. After graduation, he worked as an intern with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Jackson, MS (in the law offices of Anderson, Banks, Nichols and Leventhal) for nine (9) months, and in 1974, he set up his civil rights practice of law in Tupelo, MS.

Kenneth is now senior attorney in the Mayfield Law Firm, P.A. where we handle Auto Accidents, Bankruptcies, Family Matters, Social Security Disability, and Mass Tort Litigation.

Additionally, He serves as Board Attorney for the Noxubee County School District, a position that he hasheld for over 13 years. Finally, he has served as Municipal Judge for the City of Okolona for over 9 years.

Kenneth published his first book titled “To Be Born Black in Mississippi” in December 2011.  This book covers his life from birth until the beginning of his Civil Rights practice in 1974.

He is writing a second book titled “The Civil Rights Lawyer” which will be published in the fall of 2012.  This book will cover his life during the civil rights years forward.