As a part of Black History Month, the Washington County League of Women Voters celebrated black women’s resistance at the Fayetteville Public Library.
Raven Cook, President, and Founder of Foundations, a black history educational program, spoke to a packed house February, 3, about why her message is important nationwide and in Northwest Arkansas.
“As a black woman I take a lot of pride in seeing black women at the forefront of movements,” Cook said.
This remembrance hits home for Cook after her great grandmother lost her eye while being assaulted during the Jim Crow era.
“We’ve always been there, we’ve always been present even though our stories haven’t always been shared,” Cook said.
Cook said she wants her message to relate to all types of backgrounds living in the area.
“I think it’s really important here in northwest Arkansas to have these conversations especially in an area that is very white,” Diversity Director for the Washington County League of Women Voters, Bonnie Miller, said.
These type of conversations are a part of an understanding that Cook and other women hope to inspire the next generation.
“I feel like we need young people and more people to understand the power of seeing historical figures and really recognizing that they hold power within themselves to make a difference in the world,” Cook said.
“This month and all year young long we want to talk about women of color communities of color and how they have contributed to our society,” Miller said.
Both women said they want to continue to tribute to the past while continuing the movement for the future.
“I think history can play an incredible role in helping us come to a consciousness of how we can be a part of a dramatic change,” Cook said.
Black history month kicked off nationwide on Friday, February 1 and will end on February 28.