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I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Book Recommendation - I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Marjorie Smink


I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

by Austin Channing Brown

© 2018


Austin Channing Brown is a speaker, writer and media producer giving inspired leadership on racial justice in our country. Her book provides an intimate view of her life - growing up Black, Christian, and female in White America. She shows how White America’s claim to embrace “diversity” often falls short of its mission. It is an eye-opening look at how white middle-class Evangelicalism has taken part in an era of rising racial hostility, and it invites the reader to confront apathy and identify God’s ongoing work in the world. Austin Brown still has hope for racial equality in American, but it is a shadow of hope.

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