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FILE - In this July 24, 2009, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, a leader of the Human Rights Education Institute, stands in front of a mural she painted at the institute's offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president who made headlines in June when her race came into question, faces that question Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, when she appears on the talk show "The Real." (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

A book festival disinvited Rachel Dolezal after a public backlash


Former NAACP chapter head Rachel Dolezal was disinvited from the Baltimore Book Festival after backlash at her invitation, reports the New York Daily News.

Dolezal is most famous for being exposed as a white woman who led others to believe that she was, in fact, a black woman. 

The festival had initially defended its decision to have Dolezal come speak about her new memoir, "In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World." Organizers said they sought to expand the understanding of thinking on the subject.

The festival first posted saying that Dolezal would not be disinvited.

But then posted once again saying that it had reconsidered its position on the matter.

However, in a Facebook post on Tuesday, the festival announced that after hearing opinions from those who would attend, it had reconsidered how Dolezal's presence would affect the audience and other authors who had been invited. 

“A top priority of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is to listen to our constituents,” communications director Tracy Baskerville said in a statement.

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