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Marva Belt, Enoch Pratt librarian, dies

Marva Belt, Enoch Pratt librarian, dies

Marva E. Dates Belt, a retired Enoch Pratt Free Library librarian who was active in civil rights issues, died of complications of cancer Dec. 9 at Brookdale Assisted Living. The former Morgan Park resident was 82.

Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Cecial Dates Mosley, a housekeeper at St. Gregory the Great rectory, and Carl Faulkner. She attended Booker T. Washington School and was a 1953 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

As an 8-year-old, she was introduced to children’s book author and illustrator Marguerite De Angeli, who was searching for a model for her pioneering book about African-American children. The book, “Bright April” released in 1946, was set...