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 continue our "Reflections in Black: Suggested Reading" series with selections from The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we find out how essential child care providers in Northwest Arkansas have adapted during the pandemic. And, we hear about a remembrance project that aims to memorialize the lynching of three black men in Washington County.

We continue our suggested reading series on "Reflections in Black" with selections from Toni Morrison's The Origin of Others.

We continue our series of suggested readings for anti-racist education with selections from James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time.

On today's show we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing, which included information about the additional steps the state plans to take to stop the spread of COVID-19. Plus, we speak with community leaders and advocates about the disparities that are leading to an alarming rate of hospitalizations and deaths in the Marshallese community. And, we have a new take on our segment Reflections in Black as we focus on recommended readings on racial inequality.

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In this critical moment in American history, confronting racial inequality has come to the forefront. Following the death of George Floyd, many have wondered what to read and where to begin to better understand the plight of Black Americans. Today, we start a series of suggested readings with a look at The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing, which included an announcement regarding the resumption of visitations at long-term care facilities. Plus, we have details about Fayetteville's new face mask ordinance and the positive COVID-19 cases that have been reported at the Washington County jail. And, we learn about what state and federal officials are doing to curb the spread of coronavirus in the local Hispanic community.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's daily coronavirus response briefing, which includes information about the second phase of reopening the state. Plus, we hear from two members of the governor's newly formed Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas following weeks of Black Lives Matter protests in the state and across the country. And, we have the second segment of a series of stories about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on inmates and staff at Arkansas's prisons.

Augustus Lushington was born in Trinidad on August 1, 1869. He went to school in Trinidad where he became a teacher and principal before traveling to Venezuela and finally setting off for New York in 1889. Lushington studied agriculture at Cornell University and graduated in 1894. He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania and became the first African-American to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in the country. Lushington went on to work in a variety of positions, including as an instructor and federal employee.

On today's show, we have the latest information from the governor's daily coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we speak with a Springdale woman who wanted to better understand the COVID-19 data coming from the Arkansas Department of Health, so she started sharing her analysis via Twitter. And, we head to Fayetteville where thousands of people came out to peacefully protest the deaths of black men involving white police officers.