I'm Still Here

I'm Still Here

Black Dignity in A World Made for Whiteness

Book - 2018
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An "account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America ... [that looks] 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"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Convergent, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524760854
Characteristics: 185 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number: B BROWN, A


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At the age of seven, Austin Channing Brown learned that her parents named her Austin to fool future potential employers into assuming she was a white man. She tells the story of learning to love her blackness.

AnnabelleLee27 May 17, 2019

An earnest and personal examination of race relations in American society and also in the evangelical community. The author's outlook is bleak and heartfelt, quote: "And so, instead of waiting for the bright sunshine, I have learned to rest in the shadow of hope...Knowing that we may never ... Read More »

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Apr 07, 2021

Deb O's suggestion for inclusion (diversity)

Feb 24, 2021

Great book, will be reading this one again!

JCLBetM Jan 11, 2021

Brown writes in a straightforward manner that keeps you focused on the issues she's discussing. The way she addresses the "attempts" toward diversity that miss the mark is as clarifying as a jump in a cold pond--and as refreshing. This will be on reread list.

Dec 21, 2020

Written from a Black Christian woman's perspective--I think this is a must read for people from religious background because Author Austin Channing brought up many good things that we need to consider. Such as not making it about us, it's about THEM if they're sharing about their BIPOC experience. Sometimes it's important to just listen.

Dec 19, 2020

This book starts really strong but veers into religious territory making for a weak ending for me but could be relevant for those who approach social justice work through a religious lens.

Oct 03, 2020

This is the best book I’ve read on racism so far. It tells of life experiences as a young black woman named Austin- not the white man people expected at a job interview. I’m a mid-60’s white woman and I had many moments of wow, I didn’t know that’s how black women are treated or wow, I’ve done that and it didn’t realize it was racist. I have recommended it to many friends.

JCLJenV Sep 28, 2020

Wow! What a powerful book! Austin shares her feelings about racism in America and what it’s like to live everyday as a black, Christian woman. I love Austin’s voice and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Sep 17, 2020

I would give this book a 10. Austin was extremely frank and gave some solid truths about racism in America. My question is how white america takes the information in this book. Is white america as naive as Austin sometimes portrays it to be? One comment she made in the last chapter of her book I find to be VERY TRUE: "...instead of waiting for the bright sunshine, I have learned to rest in the shadow of hope."

Gina_Vee Aug 22, 2020

This book was healing and truthful. I haven't read White Fragility yet (I plan on it), but if I could rename this book, I'd say it was White Fragility written by a black woman.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jul 27, 2020

This is a unique anti-racism book because it focuses specifically on faith communities. That said, the conclusions of this book can be appreciated in any organization.

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Sep 19, 2020

First of all this is a memoir about Austin and her life experiences as an African-American woman in our time. She tackled the issue of racism head on from it's earliest beginnings; our captivity from Africa to America; to today and how it is embedded in all aspects of American life. Systemic Racism is something that white America has blindfolds on when it comes to how they perceive and interact with people of color. Whether you are in a political, religious, educational or recreational environment it has been and apparently for the foreseeable future will always be there. Until white America is ready to show accountability, and change (which by the way, has to come from the heart) things which were easily broken will not be so easy to mend.

I said it was a hard read because I live it on a daily basis and to be honest it DOES make me feel some kind of way at times.


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Feb 12, 2019

Rare is the ministry praying that they would be worthy of the giftedness of Black minds and hearts


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