This summer, the Louise Bennett Coverley Estate (LBCE) and COVERLEY HOLDINGS INC. (CHI) will be celebrating Louise Bennet Coverley’s ( Miss Lou, aka, Auntie Roachy) 100h birthday on September, 7th, 2019.
The mandate of LBCE & CHI is to: “Maintain the Memories and Legacy of Eric and Louise Bennett Coverley Alive”
In order to achieve this mandate, LBCE and CHI have come together, to produce and create, Miss Lou Say So, a coffee table book to celebrate the life and legacy of the Coverleys.
The coffee table book will bring to life a spirited narrative that documents the formative impact the Coverleys and their contemporaries had and have on Jamaican heritage and the outsized influence our culture has had on the world.
The narrative will follow a thread that leads from the transformative cultural work they did with our language and the arts in the middle of the century to the rise and internationalization of Jamaican culture as evidenced by its influence on cultures.
LBCE and CHI need your help in the creation of the coffee table book, Miss Lou Say So.
You are invited to submit snippets of your memories, thoughts of them, and interactions with them, (individually and together) along with your contemporaneous impressions of their work as you first experienced it.
Your memories and impressions will be included as annotations to the glorious images in Miss Lou Say So.
Share your time spent traveling with them, working with them, or stories that others would love to read about and share. You can do this by contributing your thoughts, memories, travels, experiences, in writing, that will become an integral component in the make-up of the Eric and Louise Bennett Coverley’s coffee table book.
You don’t have to be fancy and or formal, just put your thoughts to paper and or audio, we will do the required work to bring it all together. Please contribute to this historic venture. Let your memories come ALIVE.
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Contact: Fabian Coverley B.Th, CONSULTANT COVERLEY HOLDINGS INC @ email@example.com or (416 ) 720-0307
For a quick background, please see a previously published article below:
Miss Lou — Mother of Jamaican culture
Mention the name Miss Lou, and a wave of pride and nationalism floats over the vast majority of Jamaicans for the work and worth of folklorist, poet, writer, stage and screen actress, social activist and educator, Louise Bennett Coverley.
Born in Kingston on September 7, 1919, on North Street in Kingston, she would rise to become the leading proponent in preserving the practice of presenting poetry, folk songs and stories in patois — Jamaica’s native tongue. In 1945, Bennett became the first black student to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, after being awarded a scholarship from the British Council. Upon graduation, she worked with repertory companies in Coventry, Huddersfield, and Amersham, as well as in intimate revues across England. During her time in the country, she hosted two radio programmes for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) – Caribbean Carnival (1945–1946) and West Indian Night (1950).
On her return to Jamaica, the fire to present Jamaica to Jamaicans drove her to adapt the National Pantomime to include and later embody aspects of local culture — a sharp deviation from the Eurocentric themes previously portrayed. Her work took on mass appeal through her presence in media, initially in print and later the electronic media to radio and then famously on television where she hosted Ring Ding, a weekly talent expose on the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation. Miss Lou died on July 27, 2006, at the Scarborough Grace Hospital, after collapsing at her home in Canada. She had lived the last decade of her life in that country. A memorial service was first held in Toronto, then her body was flown to Jamaica to lie in state at the National Arena ahead of a funeral which was held in Kingston at the Coke Methodist Church, East Parade, on August 9. She is interred in the cultural icons section of the country’s National Heroes’ Park.
Folk legend, mother of Jamaican culture and a cherished national treasure are but some of the titles ascribed to this true Jamaican whose work continues to educate, entertain and inform.