Black Dignity in a World Made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Black Dignity in a World Made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

"Austin Channing Brown is straightforward and honest about her experiences as a black woman in America, making this a great addition to the on going racial justice conversation. "  - Recommended by Christy

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ISBN: 9781524760854
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Published: Convergent Books - May 15th, 2018

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 love blackness," a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America's racial divide as a writer, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion.

 

In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements, I'm Still Here is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that 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.