From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. Austin Channing Brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, Austin writes, "I had to learn what it means to love blackness," a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America's racial divide as a writer, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion.In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements, I'm Still Here is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric--from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.For readers who have engaged with America's legacy on race through the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, I'm Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God's ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness--if we let it--can save us all....
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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Reviews
I picked up this book after watching a roundtable discussion between Glennon Doyle, Jen Hatmaker, and Nadia Bolz-Weber, three women for whom I have great respect. Listening to them discuss and read portions of this book confirmed that I, too, could benefit from this.
Ultimately Brown's book is a memoir of living as a proud black woman in a world made for whiteness. And even as a white woman living in a world for whiteness, I could just see and hear everything she said is truer than true. I've se ...more
I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown is a collection of essays that talk about her experiences growing up as an African America female. And no that isn't a typo. Austin is a woman who was given a traditionally white male name by her parents in the hopes that her life would be a little be easier when applying for jobs. Austin talks a lot about her upbringing in Toledo where she attended private school and lived in a predominantly white neighborhood. Not only does she mention how her upbringing ...more
At its core this is a hard book full of hard teachings. This I know - she has many more valid points than I would like to admit.
To be published in May of 2018 by Convergent Books.
Let me address the title of the book for all of you that will get hung up on the word "whiteness."
Let me use a rough analogy to explain it.
I am an overweight person. I used to be even more overweight (I have lost 85 pounds). I weighed enough that I had to buy almost all of my clothes online or in special stores. Most ma ...more
Short Review: Read it!
Slightly longer review: I'm Still Here is a memoir about the experience of a Black Woman within predominately White cultural spaces. She grew up in mostly White neighborhoods, going to mostly White schools. She didn't have her first Black teacher until college. She has mostly worked for Christian non-profits that were also mostly white. But being saturated in White culture does not change her appearance or make those that are inclined to judge her based on her gender and sk ...more
There’s much for everyone to learn from this book—the black community, the Church, and the majority culture. It’s eye-opening for those who choose to see, educational for those willing to learn, and inspiring for those ready to act.
My full review: https://thewitnessbcc.com/review-im-s...
*An advance copy of this book was provided to me for free by the publisher for the purpose of writing this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Is this a memoir or a polemic? I think an in-depth treatment as one or the other would have been more effective. I found it difficult to rate because much of the book was powerful and convincing and other areas were weak and sloppy. Particularly moving and illuminating are the segments in which Brown recounts her childhood experiences and dawning realization of our racist world and her place in it. The concept of living in the shadow of hope is particularly well done. However, she attributes som ...more
I cried, laughed and cursed throughout this whole book. There was so much to highlight, so much I wanted quote, but I don't have many words except for read it. "I'm Still Here" isn't complete, it's the beginning of narrative that we as African Americans are all too familiar with. I appreciated the honesty, the cringe worth and the relevancy. "It is my duty to live anyways". #AustinChanningBrown #blackauthor #blackwoman #blackgirlmagic #justiceandjesus #mustread #booksbooksbooks
I wish I could give this ten stars.