Heroes Day Tribute for Miss Lou in Fort Lauderdale


The Broward County Commission Libraries Division will host a community tribute in honour of the late Louise Bennett-Coverley “Miss Lou”, on Monday (Oct. 16) beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the African American Library and Cultural Centre in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The event will celebrate the legacy of Jamaica’s cultural icon through music, verse, drama and folklore, to be performed by Florida-based Jamaican entertainers.
As the Library joins Jamaica in observing National Heroes Day on October 16, the story of National Heroine, Nanny, will also be told in drama, through a presentation by the Queens Entertainment Troupe.
The short play entitled ‘If It Wasn’t for Nanny’ has familiar folk characters such as Anancy and reveals a number of facts about Nanny, who led the Maroon resistance against the British militia. The fictional presentation is set in a present-day village dubbed Nannyville, with flashbacks to the past with scenes highlighting the legendary powers of Nanny.
Written by Jamaican, Maxine Osbourne of Queens Entertainment, the play is intended to educate and expose, especially the children of Jamaican heritage, to their cultural heritage. The production was also featured at the fifth annual Jamaican Jerk Festival, recently held at Markham Park in Fort Lauderdale.
Some of the local performers expected to participate in the tribute include the Jamaica Folk Revue, the Tallawah Mento Band, Malachi Smith, Miss Ivy
Armstrong, and Damian ‘Memory’ Reynolds, among others.The event is free to the public and begins with an informal reception at 6:00 p.m. Miss Lou died at age 86, on Wednesday (July 26) in Toronto, Canada where she had resided for more than a decade, and was buried in Jamaica at the National Heroes’ Park in Kingston.
Throughout her career, Miss Lou was the recipient of many awards and accolades including the Jamaica’s Order of Merit in 2001, the Order of Jamaica in 1974, the Norman Manley Award for Excellence in the field of Arts, the Institute of Jamaica’s Musgrave Silver and Gold medals for distinguished eminence in the field of Arts and Culture, and in 1983 the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of the West Indies.

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