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Austin Channing Brown

2021 Speaker

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 Whiteness, and the executive producer of web series The Next Question. By using an intentional mix of humor, pop-culture, story-telling, and audience engagement, her workshops awaken people to the current realities of systemic racism and the everyday actions which allow racism to thrive. Brown 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 best-sellers list, leading in its categories for months. I’m Still Here has 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. It was also selected as the book of the month for Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club. As a media producer, Brown 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, New York Times best-selling authors Brené 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. Brown earned a BA in business management from North Park University as well as an MA in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit. @austinchanning