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UWI plans Jamaican language discussion for 'Miss Lou 100'

The Jamaican Language Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, with be leading a national conversation on the appropriate positioning of the Jamaican language in official spaces.
 
The discussion, under the slogan Make Jamaican Official… Just Do it, is the unit's contribution to the 100 days of activities planned to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the birth of cultural icon, Louise Bennett-Coverley, popularly known as "Miss Lou".
 
Coming out of the discussion, the Unit is hoping that the Government will move to make the Jamaican language official, alongside English.
 
On November 1, the Language Unit will launch a 40-day online petition to ask Parliament to pass legislation to grant official status to the Jamaican language.
 
The centenary anniversary celebrations for Miss Lou are being spearheaded by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in partnership with the Institute of Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office and other stakeholders.
 
Miss Lou was born on September 7, 1919 and died on July 26, 2006 in Canada.
 
Renaming Gordon Town Square
 
Meanwhile, the legal procedure for renaming Gordon Town Square in honour of Miss Lou will be undertaken by the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation in short order.
 
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, made the announcement during a civic ceremony in the East Rural St. Andrew community on Sunday.
 


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