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, orga...
|Title||:||I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness|
|Number of Pages||:||185 pages|
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Reviews
This book offers small snippets into Austin Channing Brown's life and experiences in navigating America while being black today and it starts off by her learning about race from knowing why her parents have named her Austin.
There will always be something new to learn in reading own voices no matter how short the book is and no matter how many books you've read or even how many essays or articles that you came across that covers the same topics. And this book is no different.
While I am giving this book a two star rating I do believe that I did in fact learn a few things from this book and am better for it. Also it did cause me to think and evaluate how I perceive the world and if my thought process needs some tweaking.
What I liked:
Brown was honest and wrote with so much passion. Brown also shared some of her personal life expierence regarding racism and talks about sometimes theses things are not seen by the majority of the the United States. I also like how she tal ...more
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 phenomenal.
Austin shares how even her very name challenge ...more
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), but it just feels very conversational. It's als ...more
This is a MUST read. I'm grateful to Channing Brown for opening up her life in this beautiful and vulnerable memoir and reflecting upon her experience as a black woman in white spaces.
4.45 stars. This is a powerful book! Review to follow
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 encompasses all. This is a memoir, to be sure, but ...more
Austin Channing Brown is straightforward & honest about her experiences as a black woman in America, making this a great addition to the ongoing racial justice conversation.