TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2006 –The Jamaican Consulate and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), on Friday, November 10, 2006 presented ‘Heritage Salute 2006,’ honouring the legacy of cultural icon, the late Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley.
Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett Coverley who is credited with ‘internationalizing’ the Jamaican idiom ‘patois,’ died at her home in Toronto, Canada on July 26, 2006.
Scores of New York area residents attended the salute which was addressed by Hon. Dr. Basil K. Bryan, Consul General of Jamaica and Dr. Effie Simmonds, Associate Professor-College of Staten Island (CUNY), NY.
E. Wayne McDonald, Artistic Director of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre led the versatile ensemble that included; Andrene Bonner, Janice “Miss Matty Lou” Hart and Dub Poet – JaBez.
The programme which was supported by corporate contributions from Popeye’s Locksmith & Camera Surveillance, LLC (Christopher Whittingham) and Platinum World Limousine Service (Orville Bennett), also featured recitals, spoken word, story-telling, drumming and a medley of songs popularized by Miss Lou as well as pieces of art by Kippax Williams and an interesting display of ‘Things Jamaican.’