*Written by: Hannah Coleman*
For our first Fit Book Club selection we have chosen I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown!
“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.” – Austin Channing Brown
In her debut memoir, Austin Channing Brown details her experience growing up as a black woman, dedicating her life to antiracist education and community activism. Throughout her book, Austin Channing Brown tells her life story infused wisdom, humor and sadness, all while providing insight into the deep seeded systemic racism that exists within America.
In reading I’m Still Here, audiences will hear the unfiltered truth of Austin Channing Brown’s life, and truly understand the dangers of racism, white supremacy, white fragility, and complicit behaviors. Austin Channing Brown’s words have the capacity to change the way in which we view America’s stunted progress in addressing diversity and inclusion. A book for all to read, I’m Still Here, marks our first of many selections for The Fit Book Club.
Where do I find the book?
Order a copy and support a black owned bookstore and stay tuned for our special give away!
Where can I learn more about I’m Still Here?
Listen to Austin Channing Brown’s interview with Brene Brown
How do I start the conversation about this book?
Follow along with Austin Channing Brown’s I’m Still Here Discussion Guide in which she breaks up her work, poses guiding questions, and exercises designed to begin putting in the work
Want to learn more about Austin Channing Brown?
Find out all about her from her website
Watch her series The Next Question