JIS News

A poetry competition, Maypole dancing, Ring-ding Sinting, a bandana fashion show and a “gal and bwoy concert”, are among activities being planned for the third annual Family Fun Day celebrating the birthday of Jamaica’s cultural icon, the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley.
Born on September 7, 1919, Mrs. Bennett-Coverley, fondly known as Miss Lou, passed away on July 26, 2006.
The event, titled “Tenky Miss Lou”, will be held on Saturday (September 26) at the Gordon Town Square, Kingston, starting at 12 noon. It is being organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), in collaboration with the Gordon Town Miss Lou Celebrations Association.
JCDC Cultural Organiser for Kingston and St. Andrew, Nahemia Lusan, told JIS News that the event was geared towards educating persons about the life and work of Miss Lou.
“Miss Lou was one of the greatest folklorists that we have known. Her work was deep and not just comedy, but social commentary. Miss Lou brought respect to our language, so that we could appreciate our culture and our heritage,” she said.
Activities will include two guided tours to Miss Lou’s home, starting at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Persons attending this event will be accompanied by a tour guide from Gordon Town Square to Miss Lou’s former dwelling, where they will learn about her and her legacy.
Additionally, an “open mike” segment, to be hosted by well-known Poet, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, will feature short talks by persons who knew Miss Lou. This segment begins at 3 p.m. Miss Lusan said that persons who live in Gordon Town and other communities will be given the opportunity to share their experiences with the Jamaican poet.
Following this event, there will be a ceremonial cutting of Miss Lou’s birthday cake by a child from Gordon Town.

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