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 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.

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.