Louise 'Miss Lou' Bennett-Coverley honoured in Google Doodle

Google is celebrating what would have been the 103rd birthday of Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley in today’s Doodle.

Known by many as “Miss Lou,” Bennett-Coverley’s social commentary and sense of humour made her a well-loved personality across the country and the world.

The folklorist and poet and leveraged her sense of humour and social commentary through her poetry.

In 1942, Bennett-Coverley published her first book of poetry, Dialect Verses. This helped her to earn a British Council scholarship to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.

The first Black student at the education institution, Bennett-Coverley was a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She went on to work at the BBC, hosting the Caribbean Carnival radio program all while continuing to study.

Upon completing her degree, she hosted other programs like West Indian Guest Night and acted in numerous theatre companies in the United Kingdom before returning to Jamaica in 1956. Bennett-Coverley then worked as a drama officer and later director of the Jamaica Social Welfare Commission.

In this role, “Miss Lou” moved around the country to train village instructors and regional officers with workshops like playmaking, improvisation, and more. She also continued to give lectures on Jamaican folklore in the United States, Canada, and England.

Bennett went on to become the face and 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.

In 1998, the government appointed Bennett-Coverley as the country’s cultural ambassador at large.

She was also inducted into the Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II.

Bennett-Coverley was a champion of her country’s language and culture, inspiring Jamaicans to take pride in both.

Some of Bennett-Coverley's famous poems include: Noh Lickle Twang, New Scholar, and Cuss Cuss.

A Google doodle is a special, temporary artistic logo on Google's homepages that is intended to commemorate holidays, events, and achievements, among other things.

The Google illustration was drawn by artist Robyn Smith.

Known by many as “Miss Lou,” Bennett-Coverley’s social commentary and sense of humour made her a well-loved personality across the country and the world.

The folklorist and poet and leveraged her sense of humour and social commentary through her poetry.

In 1942, Bennett-Coverley published her first book of poetry, Dialect Verses. This helped her to earn a British Council scholarship to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.

The first Black student at the education institution, Bennett-Coverley was a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She went on to work at the BBC, hosting the Caribbean Carnival radio program all while continuing to study.

Upon completing her degree, she hosted other programs like West Indian Guest Night and acted in numerous theatre companies in the United Kingdom before returning to Jamaica in 1956. Bennett-Coverley then worked as a drama officer and later director of the Jamaica Social Welfare Commission.

In this role, “Miss Lou” moved around the country to train village instructors and regional officers with workshops like playmaking, improvisation, and more. She also continued to give lectures on Jamaican folklore in the United States, Canada, and England.

Bennett went on to become the face and 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.

In 1998, the government appointed Bennett-Coverley as the country’s cultural ambassador at large.

She was also inducted into the Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II.

Bennett-Coverley was a champion of her country’s language and culture, inspiring Jamaicans to take pride in both.

A Google doodle is a special, temporary artistic logo on Google's homepages that is intended to commemorate holidays, events, and achievements, among other things.

The Google illustration was drawn by artist Robyn Smith.

Known by many as “Miss Lou,” Bennett-Coverley’s social commentary and sense of humour made her a well-loved personality across the country and the world.

The folklorist and poet and leveraged her sense of humour and social commentary through her poetry.

In 1942, Bennett-Coverley published her first book of poetry, Dialect Verses. This helped her to earn a British Council scholarship to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.

The first Black student at the education institution, Bennett-Coverley was a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She went on to work at the BBC, hosting the Caribbean Carnival radio program all while continuing to study.

Upon completing her degree, she hosted other programs like West Indian Guest Night and acted in numerous theatre companies in the United Kingdom before returning to Jamaica in 1956. Bennett-Coverley then worked as a drama officer and later director of the Jamaica Social Welfare Commission.

In this role, “Miss Lou” moved around the country to train village instructors and regional officers with workshops like playmaking, improvisation, and more. She also continued to give lectures on Jamaican folklore in the United States, Canada, and England.

Bennett went on to become the face and 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.

In 1998, the government appointed Bennett-Coverley as the country’s cultural ambassador at large.

She was also inducted into the Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II.

Bennett-Coverley was a champion of Jamaica's language and culture, inspiring Jamaicans to take pride in both.

A Google doodle is a special, temporary artistic logo on Google's homepages that is intended to commemorate holidays, events, and achievements, among other things.

The Google illustration was drawn by artist Robyn Smith.

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