In a world where speaking in creole was frowned upon and speaking in English became a status symbol, Miss Lou sought to be different.Louise Bennett-Coverley OM, OJ, MBE affectionately called ‘Miss Lou’ , was a Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, and educator.
Writing and performing her poems in Jamaican Creole, she legitimized the debased language of a downtrodden people. A language carved out by our ancestors, who preserved bits and pieces of their African tongue and blended it through necessity with newly learnt European languages. Through this powerful act, she embraced the beauty of who we are as a people and the uniqueness of our culture. ‘Wi love yu Miss Lou.’ RIP
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