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. 

Ways to Connect

Courtesy / Arkansas Times

W. Harold Flowers was born in Stamps, Arkansas in 1911. While on a trip with his father to Little Rock in 1927, he witnessed the lynching of John Carter, an incident that propelled Flowers into a life of fighting for civil rights, racial justice and educational equality. He was counsel to Silas Hunt, who was known for integrating the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1948, and served as president of both the Arkansas branch of the NAACP and later the African-American National Bar Association. This is his story.

Top-ranking Haas Hall Academy, which operates four public-enrollment charter school campuses in northwest Arkansas, is being advised by the Arkansas Department of Education to increase student diversity. Plus, Siloam Springs readies for the grand opening of Memorial Park this weekend. And a cage-less cat shelter is taking shape in Fort Smith.

Courtesy / University of Alabama

Born in Alabama in October 1929, Autherine Lucy Foster earned her bachelor's degree in English from Miles College in Fairfield in 1952 and, in 1956, became the first African American student to attend the University of Alabama. Lucy Foster was expelled weeks later after riots broke out when residents learned of her admission but eventually returned to graduate with a master's degree in 1992. She received an honorary doctorate from the school in May 2019. This is her story.

A supply chain and logistics accelerator with locations in Silicon Valley and New York City is coming to northwest Arkansas. Plus, we speak with world-renowned endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch, who is the first person to complete the newly-mapped, 1,100-mile Arkansas High Country Route. And, we hear from Katie Piatt, a queer, non-binary artist who is performing a show that examines male fragility.

Courtesy / Adam Bielawski

Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known professionally as Nipsey Hussle, was a community activist, rapper and entrepreneur. On March 31, 2019, he was shot and killed outside his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles. This week's Reflections in Black examines Nipsey Hussle's life.