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Rachel Dolezal Removed From MLK Event

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Rachel Dolezal (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

Friday, 30 Dec 2016 02:29 PM

The activist who sparked a furor for passing herself off as a black woman has been crossed off the list of guests slated to speak at an event honoring late civil-rights leader Martin Luther King in North Carolina.

Rachel Doležal, who resigned as president of a local NAACP chapter last year after it was revealed she was born to white parents despite calling herself African American — was booked to attend Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamfest, a diversity conference in Cary, NC.

But The News & Observer reports that Jireh Management Group, which signed Doležal, gave her the heave-ho after being hit with "negative community response."

Doug McRainey, Cary's director of parks, recreation and cultural resources, told the newspaper:

"We had two focus group meetings with citizens and pastors, and I think the feeling was that her presence would take away from the goals of the Dreamfest."

As well, eight clergy members cited an "overwhelmingly negative response of the African-American community to her behavior."

The 39-year-old activist was scheduled to participate in "a panel discussion on racial identity and race relations with representatives of the NAACP and professors from area universities," The News & Observer said.

Doležal was serving as an NAACP chapter president in Spokane, Wash., in June 2015 when she was outed by the media as a white woman knowingly "passing" as African American. She resigned the position and later admitted she was biologically white, but identified with being black.

She is currently writing a memoir about the discrimination she says she suffered while living as black.

The tome, "In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World," is being penned with ghostwriter Storms Reback and is set for release by BenBella Books in March.

A teaser for the book posted on Amazon says many people see the Howard University graduate as a "race faker," "liar," "opportunist" and "crazy bitch," but "they don't get to decide who Rachel Doležal is."

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The activist who sparked a furor for passing herself off as a black woman has been crossed off the list of guests slated to speak at an event honoring late civil-rights leader Martin Luther King in North Carolina.
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