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‘An Evening With Miss Lou’ Celebration Set For September 7

A celebration themed, “An Evening With Miss Lou” to honour the life and work of Jamaica’s cultural icon will be held on the 95th anniversary of her birth, Sunday, September 7 at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Road in Kingston.

Organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, the celebration for the late Dr. the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverly, OM, OJ, MBE will feature reflections and recitals by some of Jamaica’s best cultural ‘movers and shakers’ including Fae Ellington, Amina Blackwood-Meeks, Deon Silvera and Karen Harriot.

JCDC Field Services Director, Mrs. Marjorie Leyden Vernon explained that the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre will be transformed into Miss Lou’s verandah from which she would tell stories and poems. This, she said to give Jamaicans the feel and appreciation of what an interaction with Miss Lou was like.

“We are inviting persons to come and share this wonderful experience which we hope will bring some added awareness to Jamaicans of the significance of this national icon. There will be interesting presentations and prizes and also a best dressed male and female bandana contest.” The Celebration will begin at 5: 00 p.m. and is open to the public.

A linguist and poet, Miss Lou has been described as a cultural icon and pioneer of Jamaican Patois. She wrote and performed Jamaican Creole since the 1950s giving the Dialect international recognition. She died in 2006 at age 87.

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