Our Diversity Book Club has an idea if you are looking for a Christmas gift idea. Buy a friend a copy of “I’m Still Here” by Austin Channing Brown and bring him or her to the Diversity Book Club meeting on January 13. We meet quarterly and read books that provide some perspective on people whose lives are different than those of our members. We’ll meet from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on January 13 at GPMC. Get your copy and friend now! If you would like GPMC to order a copy for you, let Donna Hartzell know by Dec. 10.
About this book, the publisher says the following.
In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value “diversity” in their mission statements, I’M STILL HERE is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric–from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.
For readers who have engaged with America’s legacy on race through the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, I’M STILL HERE is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness–if we let it–can save us all.