I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

I'm Still Here

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 ...

Details I'm Still Here

TitleI'm Still Here
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherConvergent Books
GenreNonfiction, Race, Autobiography, Memoir, Social Movements, Social Justice, Religion, Christian

Reviews I'm Still Here

  • Leigh Kramer
    If you're at all familiar with Austin Channing Brown, you know she is a gifted communicator as both a writer and speaker. I had high hopes for her first book and I was hooked from the first page. I had intended to only read the first few chapters and before I knew it, I chucked my plans for the day and wrapped myself up in the pages of Austin's story.By the time I finished reading, I was even more in awe of Austin. I'm Still Here is truly phenome...
  • Dale
    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 ...
  • Shayla Mays
    In the same way that not everyone was ready and could handle, Between the World and Me, this is another that some will have a hard time with. It was not meant to comfort white people. It's written to share a black experience. With that being said, if there is one book that could most accurately define my Christian black womanhood... my thoughts, my pain, my fear, my concerns, my frustrations, my awareness that I MUST press on despite not having m...
  • Adam Shields
    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 ar...
  • Shannon Whitehead
    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.
  • Krystal
    Austin Channing Brown has delivered a powerful statement on the harm that Christian white supremacy does to black bodies and everyone would benefit from reading her brilliance!
  • Lesley
    We’ve seen this before: persistent white refusal to acknowledge structural racism, the softening of America’s racist history, the lone black person as reluctant racism confessor for white colleagues. Yet Brown explores racial ignorance within the white church, noting how Christian values of hope, forgiveness and unconditional love do not seem to apply to black people, but instead give “nice white people” a pass on their racism. Brown poig...
  • Rob Carmack
    I loved this book. It is prophetic, convicting, and absolutely necessary. And I don't mean that it's convicting on a theoretical level or for someone else to learn from; I mean that I personally feel convicted, and I think that's a really good thing.I don't really know what to say, other than I think this book is important, and I hope it finds a big audience. Austin Channing Brown is a wonderful writer, and she builds her book by telling stories ...
  • Mandi Ehman
    I’m not sure I’ve ever listened to an entire audiobook in just 24 hours, but Austin Channing Brown’s writing is engaging, hard-hitting, gut-wrenching and unputdownable. Many of her stories are hard to hear and harder still to *really* comprehend, but I’m thankful for the experiences she shared and the call for us to recognize whiteness that we might otherwise ignore so that we can move toward true reconciliation within the church.
  • Christina
    This book is beautifully written and full of insight and wisdom. I listened to the audio version, and I'm planning to buy the hard copy as well. I can't wait to dive into it again with other people so that I can process the information and find ways to move forward with action.
  • Cathy A.
    I read this book in an evening, I couldn’t put it down. As a white woman, I wasn’t sure this book was for me. But, Austin Channing Brown is phenomenal and says what we need to hear. Everyone who claims to be in the fight for equality & equity needs this. Everyone who works with minorities needs this. White NGOs need this. Well-meaning folks are so capable of damage, and we need to listen well and understand the ways we cause pain. Whether you...
  • Katharine
    I received an advanced copy of this at a conference. It tore me up. Brown doesn't pull any punches about the difficulty of being black in America. She doesn't put a happy ending on it all. She also doesn't paint the black experience as negative. Brown brings out the strength, beauty and dignity of being black.I'm grateful for authors like Brown who are willing to help educate the world about harsh realities....to educate well-intentioned yet stil...
  • Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. As always, an honest review.Austin Channing Brown tells the story of her life experiences and perceptions as a black woman in America. She doesn’t sugar coat things, but does explain to the reader her point of view. She makes us think about the injustices, our perceptions, our actions, the system in place, and so much more. What are we doing wrong in this country? What do we need to do ...
  • Ashley
    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 neighbor...
  • Sharon
    I have been struggling with how to review this book. It's brilliant and important and, frankly, it made me very angry with myself. And no, this isn't white guilt talking. This is "How could I just be so unaware of some of these issues, and what can I do to get better" anger.Author Austin Channing Brown talks frankly about what it's like to be a person of color in primarily white spaces like evangelical Christianity. She addresses white fragility,...
  • Charlene
    This book. I couldn't put it down. It really grabbed my attention and gave me much food for thought. If you only read one book about racism, this is it. It's clear, concise, passionate, and given a chance, it will unapologetically change you forever. It belongs on every bookshelf. One of the many things I loved about this (and trust me, there's lots to love) was that even before I had finished it I was tweeting for recommendations for important b...
  • Alexneil2112
    Poignant and challengingA few chapters in to this book, I finally let my defenses down enough to let Austin's story come through. A quick but engaging read, "I'm Still Here" is a memoir that everyone should read. It's a book to revisit too. The way she fuses personal and family stories with current events and deeper reflection on our (post)modern American political situation creates just the right fusion for a great auto biographical account that...
  • Hannah
    This is a powerful piece on the experience of being black in America. Channing Brown curates a poignant portrait of the personal, the intimate and the daily truths and burdens a white America enacts and extracts from people of color. It is her deep religious reflections that reverberate in my consciousness reminding me of why I first began a journey to educate myself about race in America, from those who can't escape it. Channing Brown convicts m...
  • Leslie Welton
    White readers, if at any point you pause in a chapter and think “but this isn’t ME...” go back and read it again and again until you see the truth about how whiteness hurts black and brown lives. This book is a gift and worth sitting with in reflection and the love with which Austin wrote each page. It’s also a call out of complacency and into real social change.
  • Jess
    So it's hard for me to read this and not compare it to "So You Want to Talk about Race," since I just finished it earlier this month and they are both books by Black women about race. They are both excellent, important books, but the faith angle in this one could be really useful in having productive conversations within that community.
  • Mike
    A hard book for an old white man to read, but MS Brown tells about her experience with racism. The open minded reader will recognize the reality of inequity and hopefully want to be part of change. To deny there is racism is to deny reality. Austin Channing Brown witnesses her Christian faith in hope for true reconciliation.
  • David A.
    I’ve been waiting for this book, the first from this brilliant writer, for a long time. As bracingly honest as Ta-Nehisi Coates, she changed my thinking about such seemingly straightforward things as desegregation, such sweetly ethereal things as hope. Read it and you’ll get it.
  • Adena
    I won an advance copy of Austin’s book from a Convergent giveaway on Goodreads. I’m familiar with Austin’s work, and as a Black woman who frequently occupies majority white spaces (with the exception of my faith community), I can relate to much of her story. “I’m Still Here” did not disappoint. Austin speaks openly and honestly about her experiences—from “being the only one” to the interlude on “Why I Love Being a Black Girl...
  • Jaymie
    Excellent and challenging. Loved the writing and the voice, even when it left me feeling uncomfortable. Thought-provoking. Highly recommend.I received an electronic review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Rebecca
    Powerful and hard to read because truth is dripping from the pages. Austin pulls no punches. Every person should read this book but not everyone will be ready to confront the truths in this book.
  • Heather
    Must read
  • Kris Wise
    Written review coming soon.
  • Brian Cambra
    It is difficult to put into words the impact of this book. It should be mandatory reading. I simply cannot recommend it enough.
  • Lindy Casteel
    I was uncomfortable during a few sections of this book but thankfully I’ve learned that discomfort teaches me something and it’s a requirement for change. Great book!
  • Wendy
    Such a powerful read. Finished in a day...so much to unpack! I already know I need to read it again!