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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"Austin Channing Brown enters the conversation on race, gender, class, and inequality in America, in particular discussing her experiences growing up as a black Christian woman. Her vocal delivery is sincere, languid, and well tempered. Often, she vocally balances her incredulity at the challenges she encounters as an intelligent black woman and her ability to be calm in the face of such abundant hostilities. Her memoir focuses on the friction between who she is and what the world assumes about her as she encounters her teachers, her co-workers, and strangers. She does more than call out the aggressions and stereotypes--she analyzes how and why such attempts perpetuate harm and disregard for people of color everywhere. L.E. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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