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Online Book Club: I'm Still Here is a Course

Online Book Club: I'm Still Here

Ended May 11, 2021

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Full course description

4-Week Course


The “Signs of the Times” series includes courses that address difficult social, political and cultural themes in order to provide steps to bridge the deep divisions in the U.S. today.

Austin Channing Brown was named Austin by her parents so future hiring committees would think that she was a white man. This is the first of many personal stories that Channing Brown shares in her book about her own encounters with race as a child, adolescent, young adult, and woman in a society made for whiteness. Join us in discussing Channing Brown’s experiences as she grows to love and celebrate Blackness while navigating the many barriers in pursuit of racial justice.

Austin Channing Brown. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Convergent Books, 2018. (Author's Website) (Amazon)


  • Introductory Week
  • Week 1: The Experiences that Shape Me
  • Week 2: Our Stories and Our Feelings
  • Week 3: Shadow of Hope

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Initial comments to introduce the book;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • A weekly introduction and study guide; and
  • A regularly updated Resources page to use for further study.

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected website.
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

Austin Channing Brown I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Convergent Books, 2018.

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Content Scholar

  • Austin Channing Brown (text) s a bestselling author, public speaker, and producer. Her work centers the Black experience in America and engages a diverse audience in the work of racial justice.

Certificate Requirement Categories

The Moral Life

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