Raven Cook

Contributing Reporter

Reflections in Black is a weekly segment on Ozarks at Large, hosted by Raven Cook. Reflections in Black is dedicated to exploring the legacy of Black Americans, both in the United States and around the globe, by providing resources for understanding and hope for all people.

You can learn more about Raven and the segments you hear on the Foundations: Black History Education Programming facebook page. 

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On today's show, we have the latest from Governor Asa Hutchinson's weekly coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we hear more about the vandalism of a local campaign sign earlier this month. And, we head into the archives for a story from more than 20 years ago when University of Arkansas architecture students spent a semester designing a space station.

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Sonia Sanchez was born in Birmingham, Ala. in 1934. She got her bachelor's degree from Hunter College in 1955 and pursued a graduate degree under the mentorship of poet Louise Bogan. In the 1960s, she worked with the Congress of Racial Equality before hearing Malcolm X and taking a separatist posture instead. She began a career as a professor at Downtown Community School in New York, later moving to San Francisco State College. As a professor, she pioneered in the fields of Black Studies and Women's Studies.

On today's show, we speak with two members of a family that is in isolation after coming down with COVID-19. They say they want their experience to be a reminder that hundreds of people are still becoming infect every day. Plus, we find out about the latest voter guide released by the Public Polic Center at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. And, we hear about a new initiative that aims to put 12 pieces of public art in cities across the state.

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Stacey Abrams was born in Madison, Wis. in 1973, but her family eventually settled in Atlanta, Ga. While she was in high school, Abrams was hired as a typist and speechwriter for a congressional campaign. She attained various higher degrees, culminating in a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1999, and worked as a tax attorney. At 29, Abrams was appointed Deputy City Attorney for Atlanta and in 2007, she was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. In 2011, Abrams became the first African American minority leader in the Georgia House.

On today's show, we have information about another way for voters to drop off their absentee ballots in Washington and Benton Counties. And, we have the latest from the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we head to Eureka Springs where a commercial kitchen space that allows cooks and bakers to prepare their goods for sale has just open for business.

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Lloyd Lionel Gaines was born in Mississippi in 1911, but his family later moved to St. Louis, Mo.. He graduated with a degree in history from Lincoln University in 1935 and considered law school, but school segregation limited his options. He sought legal counsel from the NAACP to apply to the University of Missouri Law School. The resulting Supreme Court case, Gaines v. Canada, found that the school denied Gaines' 14th Amendment Rights when they refused him admittance to the school. This is his story. This segment originally aired on Sept. 11, 2019.

On today's show, the third day of KUAF's fall on-air fundraiser, we have details about a waiver issued by the USDA that allows schools to serve free meals to all children through the end of the year. Plus, we get a weekly update from the governor on the state's coronavirus response. And, we find out more about a lawsuit that seeks to end Arkansas's COVID-19 emergency. To make a donation to KUAF, click here.

We continue our suggested reading series on "Reflections in Black" with selections from Toni Morrison's The Origin of Others. This segment originally aired on July 8, 2020.

On today's show, we find out about Community Clinic's newest school-based health center in Pea Ridge. Plus, we head to Bentonville where a coffee roaster is opening a cafe in the woods. And, we hear about a new program that provides free legal assistance to families affected by the opioid epidemic.

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Richard Wright was born in 1908 in Roxie, Miss., and would go on to become one of the most important literary voices in the 20th century. He began writing short stories before moving to Chicago in 1927 and became part of a new wave of Black urban intellectuals joining, and later abandoning, the Communist Party. Wright eventually moved to New York City in 1937 where he received federal funding to write through the Works Progress Administration.

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