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Austin Channing Brown    

Author & Racial Justice Advocate

Austin Channing Brown is a leading new voice on racial justice, and author of Im 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.

Her first book released in May 2018, shooting to the top 20 of Amazon's bestsellers list. IM STILL HERE has received acclaim from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and a host of others reviewers. Even Chelsea Clinton and Brene Brown have tweeted about this memoir. Austin's writing can also be found in Sojourners Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Mutuality Magazine, and other places around the web. For a year, she wrote a column called Wild Hope for Today's Christian Woman which is still accessible to readers. IM STILL HERE has been featured in Religion News Service, On Being, The Chicago Trib, Shondaland, Popsugar, Relevant, BitchMedia, and more. Austin is excited to unpack the themes of IM STILL HERE with her passionate readers. Book her to talk about racial justice, black womanhood, or the writing process- just know Austin holds no punches as she equally challenges and invites listeners through story.

Austin attended North Park University where she earned a degree in business management. She also has a masters degree in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI. Since earning her masters, Austin has worked with nonprofits, churches, parachurch ministries, and universities in both the urban and suburban context for the advancement of racial justice and reconciliation. Most recently she served as a Resident Director and Multicultural Liaison at Calvin College. There she was able to work with and learn from millennials for three years as they navigated college life. Austin misses living in Chicago, IL but is making Grand Rapids home with her husband, Tommie, their son and spoiled puppy.

Speech Topics

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

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

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

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

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