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Dolezal: Monday's NAACP meeting postponed

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Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal. Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal.
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Update: Following the note sent by Rachel Dolezal to Spokane's NAACP members canceling Monday's meeting, another member of the organization responded to the email saying canceling Monday's meeting could actually be against the association's bylaws.

Lawrence Burnley, chair of the Spokane NAACP's education committee and Assistant Vice President of Diversity/Intercultural Relations at Whitworth University, sent the response to members of the organization. You can read it in full below:

Rachel,

I just saw your email to cancel/postpone tomorrow's general meeting. 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 fix 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. Even if such provision is made in the by-laws, it seems to me that it would be prudent to allow for or invite your executive committee to weigh in on a decision such as this. Furthermore, moments ago CNN quoted the language of your email to cancel/postpone tomorrow's meeting with a signature “Spokane NAACP Chapter.” This is misleading as it conveys a decision has been made by “the chapter” or the executive committee of the chapter which not the case. I am deeply concerned with this decision and call on the executive committee to address this among other related issues and concerns at today's meeting.

Lawrence A Burnley


Previous coverage:

In a letter to Spokane NAACP members Sunday, President Rachel Dolezal announced the meeting Monday to determine the future of her role with the organization has been postponed. There is no exact date for the rescheduled meeting.

Dolezal was expected to make an official statement regarding the media firestorm she finds herself in the middle of after her parents announced last week that she was misrepresenting her race.

You can read Dolezal's full note to members below.

Dear Members and Friends,


Due to the need to continue the discussion with regional and national NAACP members, tomorrow's meeting is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.


Most Sincerely,

President Dolezal


As soon as the meeting is rescheduled, we will bring that information to you.

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