On November 8, Public Newsroom guest curator and author Rayshauna Gray will be in conversation with actress, writer and Black Owned Chicago founder Tanikia Carpenter. Carpenter will share about her craft, her experience supporting Black Chicago’s entrepreneurial changemakers, and the rich culture of our city beyond the Magnificent Mile. Our second event uses the hashtag #TheCityWeInhabit.
Black Owned Chicago was created in 2016 to be a resource for citizens of Chicago and tourists who desired to support Black owned businesses. Since then BOC has evolved to being the number one resource for all of your black owned Chicago needs by creating original content that highlights Black establishments and movements, creating a digital space for consumers to rate businesses, and producing events that entertain, educate, and encourage people to consistently buy Black.
This November the City Bureau team is hosting our first ever guest curators for the Public Newsroom. For (almost) the entire month authors Rayshauna Gray and Daniel Kay Hertz will examine what, how, and why we memorialize Chicago's past, present, and future.
Our guests will explore the ways we build narratives and monuments—physical or otherwise—out of people, events, and memories. We'll begin with neighborhood histories that are sometimes buried under decades of change and displacement, move on to how we reconcile history with our present, and then look forward to how future generations of Chicagoans will learn their history.
About the curators:
Daniel Kay Hertz has written about urban issues for outlets including City Observatory, The Atlantic, Chicago Magazine, South Side Weekly, and the Chicago Reader. He grew up in Chicago, Madison, and Evanston, and lives in Edgewater. His book "The Battle of Lincoln Park" was published in October 2018.
Rayshauna Gray is a Chicagoan living in Cambridge. She's thrilled to be living her childhood dream of being a time travelling storyteller. She loves researching with Tufts University's history department and Center for the Study of Race & Democracy, Harvard's History Design Studio, and petting all the good dogs in Boston. She’s currently putting the finishing touches on Roseland, a book about the last 200 years of her family's history through the last seven generations of women in her family (out with Belt Publishing in Fall 2019)
This event is part of City Bureau's #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.