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, Autobiography, Memoir, Race, Social Movements, Social Justice, Religion

Reviews I'm Still Here

  • 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...
  • Rincey
    Yeah, I'm going to need my own copy of this book so I can re-read it and mark it up. So many good truths in 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...
  • Mehrsa
    Everything Brown says is right and true. She writes it clearly and well. And everyone who has not already internalized the message of white privilege needs to keep reading these books until they can understand what it is like to not have white privilege. However, there is so little in this book and in others that might push us forward. And don't get me wrong, I don't mean optimism and hope, but change. I get the feeling in all these books that wh...
  • Chanequa Walker-Barnes
    Absolutely breathtaking! Just a few pages into this book, I knew that I had to finish it in one day. Austin Channing Brown does what many of us have been needing for so long: she centers her Black womanhood in her memoir of racial justice, reconciliation, and Christianity. By doing so, she demonstrates what womanist theologians have consistently claimed: when you begin with the experiences and needs of Black women, you articulate a theology that ...
  • Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
    Absolutely magnificent. The female, Christian answer (not critique, not correction, but response— as in, call and response) to Coates’s Between the World and Me. A must read for Christians of conscience. 5 stars.
  • 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 ...
  • Kevin
    Some honest, poignant, and approachable conversation on race. I've read a lot of books on race, and sometimes they can be intimidating. The topic is heavy enough, but sometimes the books are academic in nature or are such a high level that you really have to wade through them. Brown's feels much more approachable. That's not to say she doesn't tackle heavy stuff (she does) or have hard things to say (she does) or is intellectually light (it's not...
  • Meaghan Lee
    I wish I could give this ten stars.
  • April
    This is a fantastic book and a must read for anyone who identifies with any of the following:-is white-is a person of color -is Christian-does anti racist work -wants to do anti racist work -anyone and everyoneI identified with so many of her experiences. It was just empowering to read stories that spoke directly to my own experiences and to have this book to point to as a reference point for white friends/allies/acquaintances looking to me to ex...
  • Raven
    I read this book with the hope that Ms Brown would illuminate what actual justice or equality would look like. It was largely a memoir and a good one. I went school in the 70s and 80s so my experience was different but I was surprised to hear about hers as I had assumed things had changed somewhat since I had been in school. She seemed put off by the fact that the predominantly white school she attended taught and treated her through the lens of ...
  • Melissa
    For such a heavy topic as race equality, it’s a quick read and Austin explains what it means to be a black woman in today’s society with such ease and grace. It’s an eye opening account of how far we still have to go for race equality in this country. In my opinion, this should be mandatory reading for everyone. It would be a great start for tackling this issue.
  • 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...
  • Ericka Clouther
    I was a little dubious when I was reading the first two chapters, but then she gets to the meat of the book, and I thought the rest of it was really great. Very rarely do I think a book could be longer, but this was one I thought could have been expanded with relevant history and policy. Of course, that an unreasonable desire on my part, because this is a memoir, but I just think she'd cover the relevant details really well. It is a great book.La...
  • Violinknitter
    Absolutely excellent. This is definitely going on my “recommend to all friends” list.
  • 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.
  • Kathleen
    4.45 stars. This is a powerful book! Review to follow
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Shannon
    Everyone should read this book. It is well-written in an easy to read style, yet Brown manages to bear her heart and anger in a way that leaves me pondering how to best live my life as a white woman. Brown isn’t prescriptive. She’s not telling her readers how to fix our broken culture. What she is doing is showing what doesn’t work and telling true stories of the hurt caused by the privileged - both intentionally and unintentionally. I like...
  • Marcia
    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 p...
  • Gloria
    While news stories abound with instances of institutional racism and acts of violence, have always felt that many white people are not at all intentionally racist, but it still comes through in often subtle ways.This African American author has boldly stated what she runs into in the workplace, schools, and churches. In essence, she is teaching white people how to be more inclusive and how not to offend. Have been waiting for a book like this. Sh...
  • Elizabeth Davis
    Everyone, especially those who are both white & Christian Americans, should read this. But there are a few things that should be noted first:1. Brown wrote this for POC first & white people last.2. If you’re white, this will make you mad at some point. That’s okay. That’s the purpose. Growth comes through painful experience, & if painful things can’t be spoken, nothing will ever change.3. There are a few curse words in this book. It’s f...
  • Bethany Winn
    A must-read, particularly for white people in Christian spaces. I'm having my 10 & 12 year old read it this summer.Austin currently works for Calvin College, where I received my undergraduate degree. She's a prophetic speaker and writer who deeply loves God's people and expects better of us. Her book is accessible and honest, difficult and lovely.
  • Justin Lonas
    Very much a needed rebuke, especially to evangelical churches and institutions that are unwilling to understand that "white" is not a synonym for "normal", let alone "good". I can see myself recommending this quick, honest read for a long time. Sometimes a book can go places in the heart that a conversation is not allowed to at first.
  • Lisa
    This was a tough read for a do-gooder white lady to read. Very convicting about the ways that my needs trump those of people of color and how much I want them to adapt to me and my group. I want diversity without having to change. Very personal and explicit. Not for the faint of heart—but more of us white people should be brave.
  • 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.