Austin Channing Brown
Austin Channing Brown is the author of Im Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Austin began her pursuit of racial justice in college with an experience called Sankofa- a three-day bus trip exploring Black history sites throughout the South. This transformative pilgrimage inspired Austin to dedicate her life to the legacy of Black freedom.
After graduating from North Park University, she earned a masters in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI. Building on her graduate work, Austin has served in a number of nonprofits including homelessness, short-term missions, youth programming, and higher ed.
Her first book shot to the top 20 of Amazon's bestsellers list. It has received acclaim from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and a host of other reviewers. It has been featured in On Being, The Chicago Tribune, Shondaland, Popsugar, and more. Here’s what people are saying:
“Powerful . . . Brown calls on readers to live their professed ideals rather than simply state them.”
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Takes readers on a journey through the racial divide in a way we've truly never seen before. Powerful, haunting, and absolutely impossible to put down, [Brown's] account of what it's like to grow up black, middle-class, and female in modern America is not to be missed."
—PopSugar, "Best New Books to Read in May"
"What a stunning debut from a seasoned racial justice leader. Austin does double duty by fiercely affirming blackness while simultaneously unveiling and demystifying the subtle effects of white supremacy among Christians."
—Christena Cleveland, professor at Duke University and author of Disunity in Christ
“Austin Channing Brown introduces herself as a master memoirist, delivering a manifesto on racism in America that will live on shelves besides Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michelle Alexander. This book will break open hearts and minds. It’s an example of how one woman can change the world by telling the truth about her life with unflinching, relentless courage.”
—Glennon Doyle, bestselling author of Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior, and president of Together Rising
“I have laughed, I have held back tears, I have reflected with joy, hope, and hurt while reading. Austin captures perfectly the sentiment of many black people in America. She’s not only telling her story, she’s telling our story.”
—Lecrae, Grammy award-winning artist and bestselling author of Unashamed
Since the release of her book, she’s had the privilege of traveling around the country to share the themes of Im Still Here. She has presented at the Washington National Cathedral with USA Today writer Kirsten Powers, Trinity Wall St Church in NYC, the UCLA girls basketball team and many more nonprofits, churches, and universities.
Austin is excited to continue unpacking the themes of IM STILL HERE with her passionate readers. Austin lives in Grand Rapids, MI with her husband, son and puppy.
Here's what people are saying about Austin!
Beyonce Takes Us To Church
This workshop is a celebration of black womanhood. Beyonce is arguably the most well known pop star in the world. Six solo albums into her career, she has released content that is perhaps the most personal exploration of her own identity as a black woman. This workshop will use the visual album Lemonade to explore the themes of history, identity and faith as embodied and experienced by black women in America in the age of #BlackLivesMatter.
This workshop is great for college students, young activists, and groups interested in finding the sacred in the secular.
Length: 1-2 hours
Jesus, Justice & Jay Z
Thank God for Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow. We will use this text as a foundation for probing racial disparities in the criminal justice system, smashing myths about black criminality, and asking deep questions about our theology. Infused in all of this, we will also celebrate the storytellers of hip-hop who have been teaching us about the criminal justice system for decades. Come prepared to work because we wont just focus on national issues, we are going to talk about local issues too.
This workshop is perfect for church groups, college students, and non-profit groups interested in being introduced to the racial dynamics of the criminal justice system.
Length: 2-4 hours
Walking in Peter’s Shoes
Are you ready to tackle racial justice on a systemic level? In this workshop we will go step by step, analyzing the current state of racial justice in your organization, identifying where you want to be, and begin to lay out an action plan for achieving your goals. Using the book of Acts, we will put ourselves in Peter’s shoes and do the hard work of preparing to move forward in truth, love, and courage.
This workshop is fantastic for church groups and non-profits ready to pursue systemic change.
Length: 4-6 hours
I'm Still Here
Did you love Austin’s book? In this workshop, you will get a live reading, a powerpoint presentation that walks through some important moments in the book, followed by a Q&A to unpack the themes that matter most to participants. We will practice “naming whiteness, celebrating blackness, and in a world still governed by systems of racial oppression, begin to see that there’s another way.”
This workshop is for anyone who enjoyed the book, I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.
Length: 1.5-2 hours