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Four Star Lunch

  • Quartino's Ristorante626 626 North State Street Chicago, IL, 60610 United States (map)

One of the next Four Star Lunches will be on Friday, May 3 at 12:00 PM. Rayshauna Gray will discuss her ongoing research project and upcoming book, Roseland

To register for lunch, you can either pay in advance or simply RSVP and pay $20 at the lunch. Both are an option on the Eventbrite page. This discussion will take place at Quartino's at 626 N. State in Chicago.

Salads, pizza, and additional items will be served. Please send any dietary restrictions and topic suggestions to

About Roseland and Rayshauna Gray

Spanning 200 years, Rayshauna Gray's Roseland tells the story of the last seven generations of Gray’s family through her direct female ancestors, alongside the arc of U.S. history. Using research and oral histories, Roseland explores that tender place where myth meets memory -- and the meaning between.

In her essay, “Chiasmus: A Narrative of Ascent,” essay published in Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology (Belt Publishing 2017), Gray opens with an ancestral roll call. Roseland will continue that call:

“It’s 1986 and I’m born on the South Side of Chicago. My mother Sharon’s a Chicagoan too—born in 1964…six years into her parents’ northern life. My grandma Pearlie Mae is born in 1942 in a Mississippi Delta town founded by formerly enslaved people. My great-grandmother Wyona’s the first of us to be born in the twentieth century and would be eleven when white women got the vote, forty-five when segregation fell on paper, and fifty-nine when Dr. King was shot. Her mother Trudy was born in 1887 just up the road in the town where WC Handy first heard the Blues. Her mother Lucinda was born in 1862, one year into a war that’d color the conscience and collective memory of a nation. Her mother Martha was born in 1820, part of the generation begging for that slouch toward justice and would be forty-one years old when it began.”

Rayshauna Gray is a writer, a fellow at Harvard’s History Design Studio, and researches in Tufts University's history department and Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. In addition to creating content for Boston's Museum of African American History and advancing legislation with the National Organization for Women in Massachusetts, she also served as a Cambridge Historical Society inaugural fellow. Her work appears in her Heritage Box, South Side Weekly, and all over Twitter.