Reflections in Black

Weekly at noon and 7 p.m. on Ozarks at Large
  • Hosted by Raven Cook

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. 

Nannie Helen Burroughs was born in 1879, and she later became an early officer in the National Baptist Women's Convention. She traveled throughout the U.S., delivering speeches and organizing Black women to be active in their own liberation. She also actively worked in organizations such as the National Association of Colored Women to help promote women's suffrage, and she was active in speaking out against lynching, employment discrimination and African colonization. This is her story.

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Lottie Lee Holt was born in Little Rock in 1941. She married Airman Calvin Henry Shackelford, left school and moved with her husband to various Air Force bases. Shackelford later finished a business administration degree at Philander Smith College and eventually entered politics. She was first appointed to Little Rock's City Board of Directors in 1978 and became the city's first female mayor in 1987. This is her story.

Born Chloe Anthony Wofford in Lorain, Ohio in 1931, Toni Morrison was educated at Howard and Cornell Universities. Morrison had a career as an educator at Howard, Yale and Princeton Universities, but her writing career is legendary. Her novel Sula was nominated for the National Book Award and Beloved would become a film starring Oprah Winfrey. Morrison also won the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes in literature. Morrison passed away Aug. 5, 2019 at the age of 88. This is her story.

Ayanna Pressley was born in 1974 in Chicago. While a student at Boston University Metropolitan College, Pressley interned for the office of U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, D-MA, and eventually left school to work for the congressman full-time. She later became political director and senior aide to John Kerry and was elected to the Boston City Council multiple times. Pressley ran for Congress in 2018 and won, making her the first African-American woman sent to Congress to represent Massachusetts. This is her story.

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Paul Robeson was born the son of a former slave in 1898, but after proving his academic meddle, he was awarded a scholarship to Rutgers University. Although he attended Columbia Law School, he turned to a career on stage and screen. He later became an outspoken critic of colonialism and fascism and was an active voice in the fight for racial justice. This is his story.