Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Diversity has become a very popular word in our society, having ripple effects in our offices, hallways, classrooms and meetings. We are becoming increasingly aware that a celebration of racial diversity without the intentionality of honoring the dignity of people of color can cause more harm than help. In this lecture, participants will receive tips and tools for honoring the dignity of people of color- told through the story of just one Black girl who has had to contend with the misery of diversity efforts, but found great joy in the pursuit of dignity.
Ally to Accomplice Workshop
If our goal is to foster organizational culture where everyone can thrive, then we must move from affirming allies to empowering accomplices. Allies to people of color can bring friendliness to an organization (a win), but that’s not enough. We will truly open the doors of full contribution for every team member only when we work as co-partners (accomplices) to the culture-making work of anti-racism. The journey toward questioning the systems that centralize whiteness is a complex one. Austin will lead your team through an interactive workshop to help you understand your organization’s anti-racist ethic, the reality of your culture today, and then help you build actionable steps to overcome the difference.
How to Survive Racism in an Organization That Claims to Be Antiracist
Being the only Black doctor, lawyer, social worker, accountant, student, teacher, or [insert your profession here] is exhausting. Thats why black student/professional organizations exist to provide support, tools and resources as you navigate your industry and your personal workplace. This training was developed with you in mind. For 2-3 hours, we will let our hair down, tell the truth about our shared experiences, and discuss how we might combat racism without losing ourselves in the process. Developed from a chapter in Austin’s book by the same title, she will leave you affirmed, empowered by having the unique experience of actually being the center in a conversation about race. (Yes, white people are allowed. Im sure you will learn something too!)
A Sermon to Remember
If your congregation is feeling weary in well-doing, exhausted, frustrated or disappointed by this political moment, Austin may be the right preacher for you. Her sermons purposefully center the stories of women in the Bible, making clear how they have always been leaders in transforming the world. Even Bible stories you thought you knew, will find new meaning and relevance through Austin's words.
Austin Channing Brown is a speaker, writer and media producer providing inspired leadership on racial justice in America. She is the author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whitenessand the Executive Producer of web series The Next Question.
Her workshops and lectures are incisive, fun, disarming and transformative. By using an intentional mix of humor, pop-culture, story-telling, and audience engagement, she awakens people to the current realities of systemic racism and the everyday actions which allow racism to thrive. Austin evokes thought, feeling and action as she celebrates Blackness and the possibility of justice in our organizations and communities. Her book shot to the top 20 of Amazon’s bestsellers list, leading in its categories for months.I’m Still Herehas received acclaim from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and more. It has also been featured in OnBeing,The Chicago Tribune, WNYC, The Religion News Service, with Shondaland declaring it, “[a] deeply personal celebration of blackness that simultaneously sheds new light on racial injustice and inequality while offering hope for a better future.”
As a media producer, Austin creates content that centers the experiences of Black women, dismantling the foundations of white supremacy. Her nationally-celebrated first season of The Next Question included Macarthur Genius Nikole Hannah-Jones, NYT bestselling authors Brene Brown, and Jasmine Guillory, and more. Alongside her co-creators Chi Chi Okwuand Jenny Booth Potter, the hosts examine complex topics affecting social justice while simultaneously celebrating the humanity of their guests.
Austin has a Bachelor of Arts in business management from North Park University as well as a Masters in Arts in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit. Austin’s professional career began in the non-profit sector including homelessness/housing, youth engagement, fund development, and church operations.