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Honoring Dr. Louise ‘Miss Lou’ Bennett And Her Commitment to Cultural Education

Today is Dr. Louise ‘Miss Lou’ Bennett’s birthday (September 7th) and we honor her contribution to the arts by way of cultural education.
As a Jamaican poet and activist from Kingston, Jamaica Miss Lou remains a household name in Jamaica; a “Living Legend” and a cultural icon. She received her education from Ebenezer and Calabar Elementary Schools, St. Simon’s College, Excelsior College, Friends College (Highgate).
She was described as Jamaica’s leading comedienne, as the “only poet who has really hit the truth about her society through its own language”, and as an important contributor to her country of “valid social documents reflecting the way Jamaicans think and feel and live” Through her poems in Jamaican patois, she raised the dialect of the Jamaican folk to an art level which is acceptable to and appreciated by all in Jamaica.
In her poems she was able to capture all the spontaneity of the expression of Jamaicans’ joys and sorrows, their ready, poignant and even wicked wit, their religion and their philosophy of life. Her first dialect poem was written when she was fourteen years old. A British Council Scholarship took her to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she studied in the late 1940’s.
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