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I'm Still Here - Austin Channing Brown

I'm Still Here

By Austin Channing Brown

  • Release Date: 2018-05-15
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
From 545 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB X HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK PICK • From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with “diversity” so often falls short of its ideals.
“Austin Channing Brown introduces herself as a master memoirist. This book will break open hearts and minds.”—Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed

Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, 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 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 helping organizations practice genuine inclusion.

In a time when nearly every institution (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claims to value diversity in its mission statement, Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories 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.


  • Relatable

    By TalkswithTashaInc
    This book was very relatable. I saw myself in this book and it made me cry. But it also made me want to keep striving because of how AA women are viewed in leadership roles or in spaces where we talk about race. I’m glad someone spoke up on your behalf during the meeting and reminded them that what happened was not your fault.
  • Every sentence was perfect

    By Galactica12
    This was like listening to a friend of mine speak her mind. Telling me the truth, raw and difficult for both of us for different reasons. As a person of color I connected with many of the issues the author describes. Her memoir validates those feelings a person has when you’re wanting to protect yourself but it’s not received. It articulates very well the complexity of relationship building for people of color. But most importantly, the honest expression gives a chance for people of color to be understood. It’s one of the best books I have read and I recommend it to everyone.
  • Racist comments

    By syecute
    You white people commenting racist stuff need to stop if you were in her body you wouldn’t be saying anything y’all need to grow up this is coming from a child
  • Garbage

    By Adirtygaspump
    Growing up black must be so hard, with free college financial assistance from the federal government and preferential hiring/college admissions. Give me a break.
  • Hahahahaha

    By Luna_Birdsong_KOTLC
    Thanks for the laughs...I was having a bad day and I needed a few jokes to pick me up. The title alone is a joke. Also I let my dog pee on your book because it deserved to stink physically as much as it did metaphorically. To: a kindergartner Don’t you have school or kids to cook for or something? Because honestly you could spend the hours you are wasting coming up with snippy replies for me doing something productive. Also quit telling me to be more mature you’re not my mom so it’s not your place And what do you mean “the poor dog?” My dog is sleeping...contendedly...soothingly. I like reading your reviews; the only sad part is I bet we would be good friends if only you’d respect the Constitution. Also what makes you think I’m a girl? I could be an alien entity....not the point. My point is, racism is not whites against blacks against dogs. It’s hating someone for being who they are...which, let’s be honest is what you are doing. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! May all your wishes come true!
  • Not surprised by the comments from white people!!🤷🏾‍♀️

    By msvon1
  • Don’t bother

    By hullfy
    Racist blather.
  • Beautiful

    By a kindergardener
    A must read. It’s a beautiful story and not ALL white people are bad, but most are racist and I’m just glad this author has shared her feelings about this topic. By the way the girl with the review name of Luna birdsong: every single one of these recommended books she has written a terrible review and includes that her dog does something bad to them That poor dog. Luna, GET A LIFE
  • For real why should I read it?

    By tdog5611
    Merely because it is well written dies not tell me why you liked it. What are some points that stood out to you? Have you never critiqued something before? Actual intellectual reasoning might help, you never know. I see the people who rated it low actually spelled out why! So I ask again, why should I read this?
  • Discrimination

    By USNRM3
    I’m White and I am sick of this prejudice against my race.