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Miss Louís 100th Birthday Celebration

In partnership with McMaster University Library and the Jamaican Canadian Association

Celebrate one of Jamaica’s most beloved cultural icons, the Honourable Louise Bennett-Coverley, known as Miss Lou, and what would have been her 100th birthday. Learn about her many achievements as a folklorist, writer and educator and her lasting impact on Jamaican language and culture. View a selection of McMaster University Library’s Miss Lou archives and enjoy performances by Jay Douglas and KasheDance and host Michie Mee.

Harbourfront Centre houses the “Miss Lou’s Room”, the multi-purposed space home to an exhibit honouring Miss Lou and her achievements. The space features photograph’s and recordings of her storytelling and many performances and is heavily used for children’s programs.

McMaster University is proud to house the Miss Lou Archive, which contains correspondence, published and printed materials, personal and professional documents, awards, photographs and more from Miss Lou’s life in Canada. McMaster archivists have curated a selection of materials from the archive to be on display this evening.

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Advance Registration guarantees entry into the event. Availability is limited.


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