Austin Channing Brown

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Austin Channing Brown is a leading new voice on racial justice, and author of I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Austin is committed to exploring the intersections of racial justice, faith and black womanhood. Her workshops are one of a kind, infused with justice, pop culture, humor, and truth-telling. Whether she is being interviewed, lecturing, or leading a workshop, Austin is sure to illicit a full range of emotions as she invites you to celebrate blackness with her.  

Austin earned a master’s degree in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan. Building on the foundation of her graduate work, she directed a short-term missions site on the west side of Chicago, creating interactive opportunities for youth to engage issues of poverty and injustice. She has also worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Willow Creek Community Church, Calvin College, and a number of other small nonprofits.  

Austin now travels the country sharing her message at universities, conferences, nonprofit organizations and churches. She has been featured at the Justice Conference, Why Christian Conference, the CCDA National Conference, the Festival of Faith & Writing and more.

Austin writes on her popular blog austinchanning.com. She has also contributed to Sojourners, Relevant, Todays Christian Woman and various publications. Austin’s first book released in May 2018, shooting to the top 20 on Amazon’s bestsellers lists. Her memoir, I'M STILL HERE, has received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, from Glennon Doyle and Lecrae. It even earned tweets from Chelsea Clinton and Brene Brown. It has been featured in Religion News Service, Popsugar, Shonadland, The Chicago Trib, On Being and more. Austin is excited for the opportunity to creatively unpack the themes of her book with readers.  

She lives in Grand Rapids, MI with her husband Tommie Brown, their son and puppy.


Here's what people are saying about Austin!

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"
A deeply personal celebration of blackness that simultaneously sheds new light on racial injustice and inequality while offering hope for a better future.”
— Shondaland, "12 New Books to Add to Your Reading List This 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.
— 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
I’m Still Here is devastating, beautiful, and haunting and it leaves no room for a tepid reaction. Prophetic and tender, I plan to put this book in every pair of hands I know and join her in the dismantling of white supremacy. She’s still here and I’m with her.”
— Jen Hatmaker, New York Times bestselling author of Of Mess and Moxie and For the Love

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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 

 

 

 

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