Jamaican cultural legend, Louise Bennett-Coverly most popularly known as “Miss Lou” is being honoured today, September 7 with a Google Doodle in celebration of what would have been her 103rd birthday.
Google Doodle are described as fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. Today’s illustration celebrating the life of the renowned activist was done by a Jamaican guest artist named Robyn Smith.
Miss Lou was born on September 7, 1919, and grew up in Spanish Town before eventually studying in Kingston. She attended the Ebenezer and Calabar Elementary Schools, St Simon’s College, Excelsior College, and Friends College (Highgate).
Known for her contribution to the culture, she developed a passion for literature and Jamaican folklore in schools. She ultimately became an acclaimed poet, folklorist, activist, and entertainer who empowered the country to take pride in its language and culture. Her social commentary and sense of humor made her a popular personality in the country, paving the way for others in the industry.
She was the host of radio programs like Laugh with Louise and Miss Lou’s Views, and Ring Ding, one of the longest-running Saturday morning children’s TV shows to air on Jamaica Broadcasting Commission (JBC) national shows.
The Government of Jamaica appointed Miss Lou as the Cultural Ambassador at Large. Also, on August 6, 2001, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Merit for her distinguished contribution to the development of the Arts and Culture.
Louise Bennett-Coverly made vivid contributions to the Jamaican culture throughout her years. She died on July 26, 2006.