Please see below photos and their captions regarding the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) hosting of A Special Gathering, a floral tribute in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, Miss Lou on Saturday, September 7 at the National Heroes Park in Kingston.
Born on September 7, 1919, Dr. the Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley was a Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, linguist, comedienne and educator. “Miss Lou’ as she is affectionately called, is one of Jamaica’s most well-known cultural icons and pioneer of Jamaican Patois. She was a major proponent of the use of Jamaican language and lectured and performed in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, giving the Jamaican Dialect international recognition. Miss Lou authored several books of poetry and short stories including Jamaica Labrish, Anancyand Miss Lou and Aunty Roachy Seh. On Jamaica’s Independence day 2001, the Jamaican Government appointed Miss Lou as a Member of the Order of Merit for her distinguished contribution to the development of the Arts and Culture. Miss Lou died in 2006 at age 87.
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