BCC Library in South Florida to honor Louise Bennett as a kick off to Black History Month

“Colonization in Reverse”- The Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival

PEMBROKE PINES – The Friends of the South Regional-BCC Library, the Broward Community College and the Jamaican Folk Revue, invite the S. Florida Community to the launch of a two-day Reading Festival, honoring and studying the life and works of the Hon. Louise Bennett- Coverley author, comedienne, social commentator and Jamaica’s Cultural Ambassador.

The 2 – day event, under the patronage of the Jamaican Consulate General in Miami, will take place at 7300 Pines Blvd.( BCC , South Campus)in Pembroke Pines.

Day 1 – Thursday, January 31st, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion -“Perspectives on the Life and Work of the Hon, Louise Bennett-Coverley” – in the Multi-media Auditorium of the Library, at the South Regional BCC Library Auditorium. (Admission is free.)

Panelists will include Prof. Mervyn Morris (UWI, Mona,) who contributed editorials and introductions to Miss Lou’s books; Joan Andrea Hutchinson (Actress, author and comedienne, who produced Miss Lou’s last CD, “Lawd de Riddim Sweet” ); Dr. Susan Davis (S. Fl. Educator); Attorney Marlon Hill (Diaspora Representative to the Southern. United States); Dr. Marva Maclean (Poet and Educator) and Attorney George Lewis.

The following areas of the main topic will be discussed – The Politics of the Language, Empowerment and Identity; Education and the Impact of the Culture on the Caribbean Diaspora; Creolization –Linguistics and Etymology; The depth and breadth of the Political Humor of Miss Lou; Louise Bennett-Coverley – the next National Heroine of Jamaica.

The late Louise Bennett –Coverley aka Miss Lou

Moderator will be Dr. Marcia Magnus (FIU) a well-known educator and Diaspora Board member. The audience will be able to participate in a question and answer period following the discussion.

Day 2 – Friday, Feb 1st, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

A concert honoring Miss Lou and celebrating the first Birthday of the South Regional /BCC Library in the new LEED certified “Green” building at the Performing and Cultural Arts Center. This concert marks the beginning of the Library’s Black History month celebrations.

There will be a $10.00 donation for admission to go towards the “Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley Scholarship for the Performing Arts”.

The concert, will be headlined by Joan Andrea Hutchinson and will be EmCeed by well-known Tenor and music impresario, Steve Higgins.

A supporting cast of local South Florida talent will also perform, including: Malachi Smith, Jeanne Powell, Tallawah Mento Band, Hyacinth Penso, Ja. Folk Revue, Sophia Nicholson and the Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church. Early Childhood Center and Fashions from” Kulture Klothes by Isis”, ensures an evening of unparalled ,“bellyful ah kulcha.”

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