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, major reforms are coming to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Plus, Community Services Clearinghouse celebrates 40 years. And a documentary explores the recovery of an extreme athlete, who suffered an extreme injury doing what he loves.  

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June Jordan was born July 9, 1936 to Jamaican immigrants. She dove into the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and took part in the Freedom Rides. She was also part of the production team for the 1963 documentary The Cool World. She later wrote her first book of poetry in 1969, and in 1970 she served as editor on a text of African American poetry from children. This is her story.  

On today’s show, as Arkansas and the United States grow collectively older, we learn what we can expect. Plus, we hear about a new beer and coffee festival that will debut this weekend in Rogers. And we get a preview of some of the weekend's live music opportunities, and our Militant Grammarian returns to give us a lesson in some time-related words.

James McCune Smith was born in 1813 in New York. His mother is believed to have bought her freedom, and he attended the African Free School in New York, and eventually earned his bachelor's, master's and medical degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1837. He returned to New York and opened a medical practice and pharmacy that served interracial clientele, and he was a vocal critic of the institution of slavery. This is his story.

On today's show, we learn more about proposed changes to the way Arkansans can change the state's constitution. Plus, the city of Fayetteville is selling discounted composting bins in an effort to divert more waste from the landfill. And political columnist John Brummett offers his thoughts on the high and low points of the 92nd Arkansas General Assembly.