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Renewed calls are being made for Louise Bennett-Coverley to be named a national hero due to her exceptional talent. Most consider her work to be important in spreading Jamaica's literacy culture, hence the call for her to be made a national hero as no one else has legitimised Jamaican language as she has done.
Language has the power to give people a sense of identity, especially in a post-slavery society, which is very important. Louise Bennett championed Jamaican Creole even at a time when there was staunch opposition to it. Her supporters state that many fail to recognise, that language is important to Jamaicans' sense of self and esteem, and blacks feeling ashamed of their language was a slave master's ideal.
She has been likened to Nanny of the Maroons, fighting against oppression hence should be held in high esteem and be made a national hero.