Update: Rachel Dolezal has announced her resignation as embattled president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.
Dolezal came under fire last week for lying about her race for the past 8 years.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Dolezal wrote in part:
It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley. It is my hope that by securing a beautiful office for the organization in the heart of downtown, bringing the local branch into financial compliance, catalyzing committees to do strategic work in the five Game Changer issues, launching community forums, putting the membership on a fast climb, and helping many individuals find the legal, financial and practical support needed to fight race-based discrimination, I have positioned the Spokane NAACP to buttress this transition.
Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me. It's about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum. It's about moving the cause of human rights and the Black Liberation Movement along the continuum from Resistance to Chattel Slavery to Abolition to Defiance of Jim Crow to the building of Black Wall Street to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement to the ?#?BlackLivesMatter? movement and into a future of self-determination and empowerment.
With much love and a commitment to always fight for what is right and good in this world,
Originally posted on June 15, 2015 @ 12:07
A NAACP board member is questioning Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal's authority to postpone a scheduled meeting of the executive team set for tonight at 7 p.m.
The 37-year-old single mother was scheduled to respond to an official statement by regional and national NAACP leaders at the monthly meeting on Monday.
In an emailed statement released after her parents outed her as a white woman, Dolezal wrote: “Due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders, tomorrow’s meeting is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.”
But board member Lawrence Burnley responded to Dolezal's announcement, saying she lacked the authority to postpone the meeting and that the meeting is going ahead as scheduled.
I’m puzzled by your decision to arbitrarily cancel/postpone the meeting without input from the executive committee which is scheduled to meet today. The Association’s by-laws provides specific guidelines concerning monthly general/branch meetings. Article V, Section 1 states, “Regular meetings shall be held on a [fixed] day or date each month.” That date, as agreed upon by the executive committee, is the third Monday of each month which is tomorrow. I don’t see any language in the by-laws that empowers you, or any one member, to arbitrarily cancel/postpone tomorrow’s meeting. Source
Burnley said Dolezal attributing the cancelation to the “Spokane NAACP Chapter,” was "misleading" because only the executive committee of the chapter can postpone or delay meetings.
Sources say the NAACP Executive team plans to ask Dolezal to step down as president of the Spokane chapter.
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