In some areas, Louise Miss Lou Bennett-Coverley is being remembered today on what would have been her 103rd birthday with a special Google Doodle.
Bennett-Coverley, who was born in Jamaica on September 7, 1919, was raised in Spanish Town before attending university in Kingston. A talented poet, her writings that were published in the Sunday Gleaner made her famous since she included patois into her poetry.
Bennett’s debut collection of poetry, Dialect Verses, was released in 1942. She was able to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London thanks to a scholarship from the British Council thanks to this. Bennett was a trailblazer in every sense of the term as the first Black student at the school. She continued to pursue her education while working at the BBC as the host of the Caribbean Carnival radio show.
She worked in several theatrical groups in the UK after receiving her degree, hosted other shows like West Indian Guest Night, and eventually moved back to Jamaica in 1956. Later, Bennett worked as an Jamaica Social Welfare Commission director and a drama officer.
Louise Miss Lou Bennett Coverley traveled the nation in this capacity, providing workshops in playmaking, improvisation, and other topics to train village instructors and regional officers. In addition, she kept on delivering talks on Jamaican folklore in countries including the United States, Canada, and England.
Bennett later rose to prominence as the voice and host of radio series including Laugh with Louise and Miss Lous Views, as well as Ring Ding, one of the most enduring Saturday morning kids’ TV programs to air on Jamaica Broadcasting Commission (JBC) national shows.
Bennett was nominated by the Jamaican government to serve as the general cultural ambassador of the nation in 1998. Queen Elizabeth II also added her to the Order of Merit. Bennett promoted her native tongue and culture, encouraging Jamaicans to be proud of both.