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A large turnout of Jamaicans and friends were on hand to pay tribute to Jamaica’s late cultural icon, the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, O.M., O.J. (Miss Lou) on Monday (October 16), at a cultural tribute at the African American Research Library and Cultural Centre in Fort Lauderdale.
The country’s seven National Heroes were also honoured at the event, hosted by the Broward County Commission Libraries Division.
In honouring Miss Lou, Broward County Library Outreach Services Director, Tanya Simons-Oparah praised her immeasurable and distinguished contribution to the development of Jamaica’s culture and heritage internationally.
As a social commentator, the Director said Miss Lou made Jamaican folklore famous as she gave expression to the feelings and thoughts of the Jamaican people, the world over.
Several Florida based Jamaican artistes kept the audience well entertained as they celebrated the work and life of Miss Lou through recitals of her music, verse and drama.
The evening’s entertainment featured a short story of famed Jamaican National Heroine, Nanny, titled ‘If It Wasn’t for Nanny’, presented by local performers, the Queens Entertainment Troupe.
Set in a present-day village, Nannyville, with flashbacks to the past, the story illustrated scenes revealing the legendary powers of Nanny.
Written by Jamaican national, Maxine Osbourne of Queens Entertainment Troupe, the presentation also featured familiar folk characters such as Anancy and revealed several facts about the Heroine who was credited for leading the Maroon resistance to English domination.
One of the highlights of the cultural tribute was an art exhibition depicting the work of famous Jamaican artist, Barrington Watson’s mural, ‘The Pan Africanist’, now running at the Cultural Centre.
During the celebration, the Jamaica Information Service, the Jamaica Folk Revue and the Jamaica Awareness, Incorporated, also mounted displays showcasing the island’s rich culture and heritage.