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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James McCune Smith was born in 1813 in New York. His mother is believed to have bought her freedom, and he attended the African Free School in New York, and eventually earned his bachelor's, master's and medical degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1837. He returned to New York and opened a medical practice and pharmacy that served interracial clientele, and he was a vocal critic of the institution of slavery. This is his story.

On today's show, we learn more about proposed changes to the way Arkansans can change the state's constitution. Plus, the city of Fayetteville is selling discounted composting bins in an effort to divert more waste from the landfill. And political columnist John Brummett offers his thoughts on the high and low points of the 92nd Arkansas General Assembly.

So far this year, Reflections in Black has profiled the lives of those in the 19th and 20th centuries that have made life better for all of us. Raven Cook, founder of Foundations: Black History Educational Programming and the host of Reflections in Black, says she will profile the lives of more contemporary people in the weeks and months ahead. She also tells us about other aspects of Reflections in Black.

On today’s show, we hear how writers, researchers and teachers of all things Ozarks soon will gather for a conference at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Plus, we hear how the American Red Cross is protecting people from home fires. And, the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series is back for a 21st birthday, and we get a preview.

Born in 1842 to a leading Boston family, Josephine St. Pierre worked with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and she became editor of the Women's Era Newspaper, the first newspaper to be edited by a black woman. She also helped put together the first Black Women's Convention in 1895, which drew 100 women from 20 different organizations, which resulted in the creation of an umbrella organization that worked to reclaim the dignity of black womanhood and mobilized black women as active participants in local, state and national politics. This is her story.