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2nd Annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Memorial Lecture with Lorna Goodison
- Caribbean Heritage History Month event scheduled for June 12, 2021 -

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - In celebration of Caribbean-American History Month, the  African American Research Library and Cultural Center in collaboration with the Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council, Inc. and the Consulate General of Jamaica are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Louise Bennett Coverley Memorial Lecture on Saturday June 12, 2021 at 2PM.

The guest speaker for this year’s lecture will be Professor Lorna Goodison, Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan, Poet Laureate of Jamaica (2017),and recipient of the 2019 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Professor Goodison will discuss the topic of “Miss Lou, Maya Angelou and America,”  exploring the relationship between Louise Bennett-Coverley (Miss Lou), Jamaican poet, folklorist and writer with Maya Angelou and other African American authors.

This online lecture is free and open to the public. Please visit our online calendar event page for registration information and additional information on this special event.   

This event is made possible by the support of, Jamaica Tourist Board, the Friends of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center and the Friends of the South Regional/Broward College Library. Anyone interested in supporting this project as a financial backer or future intern/volunteer may contact AARLCC Programming Manager Erin N. Daniels at or 954-357-6008.

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DATE: May 17, 2021
Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division