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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We conclude our series of suggested readings for anti-racist education with I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we speak with Arkansas Secretary of Education Johnny Key as public schools get ready to reopen to students on Aug. 24. And, we find out how you can weigh in on revisions and updates to water quality policies and regulations drafted by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

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This week's suggested reading focuses on the complex relationship between religion and complicity with white supremacy in Jemar Tisby's The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church's Complicity in Racism.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing, which he delivered from Monticello. Plus, we learn about antigen testing as the state distributes antigen test devices to county public health clinics. And, we hear from the superintendent of Bentonville Public Schools regarding the district's reopening plan.

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Born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1941, Stokely Carmichael was a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement who introduced the term and concept of Black Power to the public. He served in major campaigns like "Freedom Summer" and led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. 

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing, which included Secretary of Education Johnny Key. Plus, we head to the City of Ozark, which received a nearly $2 million grant to deploy high speed broadband to its residents. And, we speak with UAMS researchers about the various types of face coverings that people are using during the pandemic.

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From the Reflections in Black archives, we continue our series of suggested readings for anti-racist education with selections from James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time.

Today's suggested reading features selections from Invisible Man, the 1952 novel by Ralph Ellison. The book addresses many issues faced by Black Americans and won the 1953 National Book Award for Fiction.

For today's suggested reading, we hear selections from Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. The 2017 book by Michael Eric Dyson weaves pop culture with the cadence of the historic tradition of oratory from the Black church. The book is laid out like a sermon, and it provides an in-depth examination of whiteness, its priviledge, and the price of being black in America.

On today's show, we have information about recent mask mandates and resolutions that have been passed or are being considered by cities and school districts. Plus, we head to Eureka Springs where residents are organizing to ban Confederate flags at a city cemetery. And, we find out about the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation's grant to the University of Arkansas, which will be used to fund a research insitute and Bentonville campus. 

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