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.
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