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 / Underwater Adventure Seekers

Dr. Albert Jones is a native of Washington, D.C.. Although he was an orphan, he graduated from Georgetown University with a Ph.D. in marine biology and was also a Fulbright scholar. While serving in the military, Jones learned to scuba dive and created the Underwater Adventure Seekers Club in 1959, an organization that sought to teach minority communities how to swim, as well as proper scuba practices. Jones took the organization a step further with the creation of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers.

On today's show, University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz delivers the annual State of the University address. We have highlights. Plus, the state's only refugee resettlement agency issues a warning that new strict limits on refugee admission will cripple resettlement infrastructures. And, we explain how a proposed ordinance on driveway widths could impact the future design of homes in Fayetteville.

Courtesy / Black Past

Scipio Africanus Jones was born enslaved in Tulip, Ark. in 1863. He eventually moved to Little Rock and attended what would become Philander Smith College. He received his Bachelor's degree from Bethel Institute in 1885. In 1889, Jones passed the bar exam and had his law credentials accepted by both the state and U.S. Supreme Court the following year. In 1919, Jones began work on the most important case of his life defending the Elaine 12. The men were tried, convicted and sentenced to death after being falsely accused of planning a Black uprising.

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John Oliver Killens was born in Macon, Ga. in 1916, and lived in a time of segregation. He served in the military during World War II, and although he experienced overt racism in the service, he wrote about his experiences in And Then We Heard the Thunder, a novel that would be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He wrote other acclaimed works, and during the 1960s, worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and was influenced by Malcolm X. He later became a writer-in-residence at Fisk University, wrote historical works, and became a teacher and mentor to future Black literary legends.

On today's show, we go to Mercy's newest multispecialty clinic in Springdale. Plus, a discussion about how to avoid falling, which is the number one reason for hospitalizations for people 65 and older. And, we remember pioneering journalist Cokie Roberts.