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Austin Channing Brown

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

The Great Reset/
Sat 21 November 2020

Crowdcast

Austin Channing Brown

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

Photo of Austin Channing Brown
Sat 21 November 2020,

Crowdcast

Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialised America came at age seven, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools and churches, she explains that she ‘had to learn what it means to love Blackness,’ a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker and expert helping organisations practice genuine inclusion.

In a time when nearly every institution (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claims to value diversity in its mission statement, she talks about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric and invite us to confront apathy and discover how Blackness – if we let it – can save us all.

Austin Channing Brown is in conversation with Madhu Krishnan, Director of the Centre for Black Humanities, University of Bristol.

Book cover of Austin Channing Brown's I'm Still Here

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness  is published by Little, Brown. Buy a copy from our friends at Waterstones.

This is part of The Great Reset programme, in which we look at the challenges facing us and the solutions to these. The programme starts in November 2020 and runs to November 2021. Future themes include: freedom of speech and democracy (Spring-October 2021); the Bristol Constitutional Convention (Spring 2021) and a new future for cities in Festival of the Future City (October 2021). Ongoing events in our Festival of Ideas throughout 2021 will also focus on challenges and solutions.

Please note: This is a pre-recorded event. It will be shown on our Crowdcast platform. You can find out more about how this works in our blog.

It’s important to us that ideas and debate are affordable to everyone. It’s also important that our commentators, artists, writers, poets and thinkers are paid. This is a Pay What You Can event. You are invited to choose your own contribution to the event, from £0 to £8. All proceeds go towards supporting our speakers and sustaining Festival of Ideas. The option to attend for free is available for all online events.

Image of Austin Channing Brown by Freddie Bennett.

 

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