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Calling all fellow bookworms, library nerds, and general lovers of literature — it’s time for another book club episode of the podcast!
Whenever there are five Fridays in a month, we devote the extra Friday to a book that we can’t get enough of. In this episode, we’re diving into the New York Times bestseller I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.
The blurb on Amazon says it best: “From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with ‘diversity’ so often falls short of its ideals.”
This book is simultaneously the shortest of any we’ve read on the podcast, and the one that produced the most pages of notes! There’s depth, wisdom, and challenge that will transform you in every page.
We talked about…
- Austin’s lonely experience growing up between two worlds: “Too Black for the white kids and too white for the Black kids.”
- How the sometimes subtle, sometimes overt racism experienced from childhood to adulthood erodes mental and emotional health.
- What “nice white people” get wrong about seeking diversity, justice, and reconciliation.
- Why anger is a powerful tool for justice and change—not something to be feared within yourself or others.
After you’ve listened, leave us a comment below to let us know which of the many truth bombs from this book resonated with you most.