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 hear how Walmart aims to have more of its associates interacting with customers by using more robots to do routine work. Plus, we spend a few minutes with former world-champion boxer Laila Ali, and we hear about rapper Jasper Logan's new album.

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James Hal Cone, born in Fordyce, Ark. in 1938, grew up in Bearden and earned a Master's of Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary as well as a Master's and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He developed the concept of Black Liberation Theology, which is defined as a theological identity that was accountable to the life, history, and culture of African-American people. He also wrote Black Theology and Black Power in 1969 as well as other critical texts. This is his story.

On today’s show, we hear how a new law allowing DACA students to become nurses may help the state’s nursing shortage. Plus, Waitress is a musical that approaches life as it is, and we have a conversation with cast members from the show, which is on stage at Walton Arts Center through Sunday. And, the Militant Grammarian returns to discuss some idiosyncrasies of the English language.

Anna Julia Cooper was born a slave in Raleigh, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics, she taught at a prominent prep school for African Americans in Washington, D.C., and she wrote "A Voice From the South," which provided critical analysis of black women's issues in the early 20th Century. This is her story.

On today's show, we learn why the city of Fayetteville is asking residents to remove their Bradford Pear trees in exchange for a native tree. Plus two Arkansas Geological Survey scientists spend nine months of every year mapping the state’s geology, and we learn more about their work with a visit to remote Madison County.