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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Courtesy / University of Alabama

Born in Alabama in October 1929, Autherine Lucy Foster earned her bachelor's degree in English from Miles College in Fairfield in 1952 and, in 1956, became the first African American student to attend the University of Alabama. Lucy Foster was expelled weeks later after riots broke out when residents learned of her admission but eventually returned to graduate with a master's degree in 1992. She received an honorary doctorate from the school in May 2019. This is her story.

A supply chain and logistics accelerator with locations in Silicon Valley and New York City is coming to northwest Arkansas. Plus, we speak with world-renowned endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch, who is the first person to complete the newly-mapped, 1,100-mile Arkansas High Country Route. And, we hear from Katie Piatt, a queer, non-binary artist who is performing a show that examines male fragility.

Courtesy / Adam Bielawski

Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known professionally as Nipsey Hussle, was a community activist, rapper and entrepreneur. On March 31, 2019, he was shot and killed outside his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles. This week's Reflections in Black examines Nipsey Hussle's life.


On today’s show, major reforms are coming to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Plus, Community Services Clearinghouse celebrates 40 years. And a documentary explores the recovery of an extreme athlete, who suffered an extreme injury doing what he loves.  

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June Jordan was born July 9, 1936 to Jamaican immigrants. She dove into the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and took part in the Freedom Rides. She was also part of the production team for the 1963 documentary The Cool World. She later wrote her first book of poetry in 1969, and in 1970 she served as editor on a text of African American poetry from children. This is her story.