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The Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival, January 31 – February 1, 2008, SR-BCC Library, Pembroke Pines, Florida

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The Friends of the South Regional /BCC Library, Broward Community College and the Jamaican Folk Revue, invite the South Florida community to the launch of a two-day reading festival, “Colonization in Reverse,” to honor and study the life and works of the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley – author, comedienne, social commentator and cultural ambassador.

The two – day event, under the patronage of the Jamaican Consulate General in Miami, will take place at 7300 Pines Boulevard, Broward Community College, South Campus.

Thursday, January 31st, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion -“Perspectives on the Life and Work of the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley”

Multi-media Auditorium of the Library,

Location -7300 Pines Blvd.

Admission is free.

Panelists will include Mervyn Morris (UWI, Mona,) who contributed editorials and introductions to Miss Lou’s books; Joan Andrea Hutchinson (actress, author, and comedienne, who produced Miss Lou’s last CD, Lawd de Riddim Sweet; Dr. Susan Davis; Marlon Hill, J.D.; Dr. Marva McClean, and George Lewis, JD.

The following areas will be discussed:

The Politics of the Language, Empowerment, and Identity
Education and the Impact of the Culture on the Caribbean Diaspora
Creolization –Linguistics and Etymology
The Political Humor of Miss Lou
Louise Bennett-Coverley – The Next National Heroine of Jamaica.

The moderator will be Dr. Marcia Magnus (FIU) a well-known educator and Diaspora Board member, and the audience will be able to participate in a question and answer period following the discussion.

Friday, Feb 1st, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Concert honoring Miss Lou and celebrating the first Birthday of the South Regional/BCC Library in the new LEED certified “Green” building.

Location – BCC South Campus, Performing and Cultural Arts Center, 7300 Pines Blvd.

Admission – A $10.00 donation to the “Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley Scholarship for the Performing Arts”

The February 1st concert, headlined by Joan Andrea Hutchinson, will be hosted by well-known tenor and music impresario, Steve Higgins and also marks the beginning of the Library’s Black History Month celebrations.

A supporting cast of local South Florida talent: Malachi Smith, Jeanne Powell, Tallawah Mento Band, Hyacinth Penso, Jamaica Folk Revue, Sophia Nicholson and the Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church, Early Childhood Center and Fashions from “Kulture Klothes by Isis,” insures an evening of unparalleled “bellyful kulcha.”

The major Sponsors of this exciting, multidisciplinary event are thePublish Post Jamaica Tourist Board, Caribbean Today, American Airlines, Broward Community College, and Friends of the South Regional Library. Current contributors are Joan Seaga- Gonzalez and the Jamaica Folk Revue.

For more information please contact Marjorie Hall –Friends of the South Regional Library- (954) 201-8828/ E-mail [email protected] or Jamaica Folk Revue (305) 235-8410.

Copies of Miss Lou’s Books, DVD’s, and CD’s will be on sale at both functions.

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