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The Spokane Chapter of the NAACP held a last minute news conference Friday afternoon to talk about Rachel Dolezal leaving as president, and to talk about what's next for their chapter. The Spokane Chapter of the NAACP held a last minute news conference Friday afternoon to talk about Rachel Dolezal leaving as president, and to talk about what's next for their chapter.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Chapter of the NAACP held a last-minute news conference Friday afternoon to talk about Rachel Dolezal leaving as president, and to talk about what's next for their chapter.

"It's only been a week? It feel like a month. Exhausting." That's how the Spokane NAACP's President Naima Quarles-Burnley describes the time since Rachel Dolezal went from Spokane activist to the center of international attention. A spotlight that Burnley thinks has hurt the NAACP's cause.

"Absolutely. We want the focus to be back on the issues at hand, we want to reestablish the relationship, we want to mend the breaches, we want to answer the questions that people have," Burnley explained. And in the midst of national tragedies like the mass murder of black church members in Charleston, Burnley says their mission has never been more important.

The board doesn't have contact with Dolezal right now, but Burnley says if she could say anything to their former president, it would be this: "I would say to her that we began something here good together, but we will move forward…the actions of one individual will not derail the work as a whole."

They will be holding another meeting on the June 26th. They call that a community conversation moving towards healing, where they will be answering questions about the events surrounding Rachel Dolezal.

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