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Former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal tapped for MLK day event

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 2015 when her race came into question, has been tapped to speak at a Martin Luther King Day celebration set for January in Cary, N.C. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)
October 06, 2016 - 5:11 AM

CARY, N.C. - Former Washington state NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who was criticized last year for passing herself off as black, has been tapped to speak at a North Carolina Martin Luther King Day celebration in January.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2duILI5 ) the theme of the MLK Dreamfest Celebration in Cary, North Carolina, "Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation."

Event organizer Al Cohen tells the newspaper that Dolezal was "depicted as a major villain through media because of her preference of racial identity." He says Dolezal committed no crime, adding that "She only had an affinity for a group of people, and she served her community well."

Dolezal has acknowledged that she is "Caucasian biologically," but says she identifies as black.

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