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Controversial NAACP Leader Invited to Speak at MLK Fest

Cary, NC, has asked Rachel Dolezal to participate

(Newser) - Cary, North Carolina, is courting controversy with its speaker choice for the annual MLK Dreamfest Celebration in January, reports the New Observer . The city has invited former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who triggered a national conversation about race and identity last year when it was revealed that she had presented... More »

FBI Conclusion on Black Teen's Hanging Death: Suicide, Not Hate Crime

One pathologist had suggested it was physically impossible for teen to hang himself

(Newser) - When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy's body was found hanging from a belt on a swing set in a predominantly white trailer park on Aug. 29, 2014, the morning before he was set to debut as a junior linebacker on his football team in the tiny town of Bladenboro, NC, local... More »

Rachel Dolezal Comes Clean About Racial Background

Former NAACP leader appears on 'The Real'

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal—the former NAACP leader in Spokane, Washington, who was outed as white in June —admitted today what the world pretty much knew: she was born white. "I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as black," she said on... More »

Ole Miss Student Senate Votes to Nix State Flag

'We are forever tied to the horrors of our past': student senator

(Newser) - A lengthy student-body Senate meeting at the University of Mississippi Tuesday night resulted in a resolution to remove the state flag, which features the Confederate battle flag, from school grounds, the Clarion-Ledger reports. The measure was passed 33-15 and was penned by ASB Sen. Allen Coon in conjunction with several... More »

NAACP Angered by Alaska 'Slave Auction'

It will now be called the Alaska Day Auction

(Newser) - Organizers of an annual Alaska charity event said Monday they'll stop calling it a "slavery auction" after the NAACP complained. The event in the town of Sitka involves people bidding in an auction on volunteers' time, with the winning bidders putting the volunteers to work doing odd jobs,... More »

Civil Rights 'Visionary' Julian Bond Dead at 75

Longtime NAACP chairman had suffered brief illness

(Newser) - Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died last night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75. Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after a brief illness, the SPLC said in a statement released this morning. The Nashville, Tenn. native... More »

Flag Removed, SC Can Now Host March Madness

NAACP, NCAA rescind their boycotts on Palmetto State

(Newser) - South Carolina's removal of the Confederate flag down from its capitol on Friday had a couple of unanticipated ripple effects, reports MSNBC : First, the NAACP ended its 15-year-old boycott of the Palmetto State; president Cornell William Brooks had praised the state's move as a denouncement of "an... More »

Attorney Won't Stop Probing This Man's 1940 Murder

'We should do everything we can do to see who killed' Elbert Williams

(Newser) - An old black-and-white photo on Jim Emison's desk haunts him and goads him to right a long-buried wrong. In the photo, a man named Elbert Williams peers into the camera, along with other charter members of the NAACP's Brownsville branch, an audacious group of men and women who... More »

Rachel Dolezal Steps Down as NAACP President

'This is not about me. It's about justice,' she writes in Facebook post

(Newser) - This morning it seemed up in the air whether there'd be an NAACP meeting today to address the Rachel Dolezal controversy . Now, however, it appears that the NAACP part of the story is over, as Dolezal is apparently stepping down from her post as president of the Spokane chapter,... More »

Rachel Dolezal's Parents: We Didn't Plan to Expose Her

Couple says they were approached by reporters: 'We weren't going to lie'

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal's biological parents say they didn't set out to expose their daughter as a white woman . That was merely the consequence of "some investigative reporting," according to her father. Lawrence and Ruthanne Dolezal, the white couple listed on Dolezal's Montana birth certificate, say they... More »

NAACP Board: Dolezal Can't Just Postpone Meeting

She doesn't have authority—and group still has other work to do, members say

(Newser) - A post yesterday on the Spokane NAACP's Facebook page indicated that the meeting between beleaguered president Rachel Dolezal and NAACP board members had been postponed . But some of those members are now saying Dolezal doesn't have the authority to put off said meeting. The Spokesman-Review reports that in... More »

Rachel Dolezal to Speak ... Eventually

Spokane NAACP meeting scheduled for tomorrow is postponed

(Newser) - Looks like Rachel Dolezal won't speak out publicly just yet after all. The president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP—whose parents say she's white but pretends to be black —will not address the furor around her racial identity tomorrow as planned, the AP reports.... More »

Rachel Dolezal Didn't Try to Pass as Black at Black College

But NAACP official looks much different now, says former student

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal may be a white woman passing herself off as a black woman , but Jezebel reports that she made no such effort while attending a predominately black college. “She had straight, blonde hair,” a former student at Howard University tells the website. “She didn’t look... More »

What the NAACP Thinks About Rachel Dolezal

Group issues statement in response to the chapter president being outed as white

(Newser) - A white Montana couple say their daughter, the head of the Spokane NAACP in Washington, has been disguising herself as a black woman for years, but it appears the NAACP is still standing by Rachel Dolezal, at least for now. A statement released today by the group notes that "... More »

Parents Say 'Black' NAACP President Is Really White

White couple from Montana says Rachel Dolezal is their biological daughter

(Newser) - In a story that's bizarre on a number of levels, Rachel Dolezal, a professor of African studies and head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash., is said to have been outed as not being the black woman she's portrayed herself as—by her own supposed mom and... More »

Suspect in '46 Lynching: 'Blacks Are Blaming People'

Georgia man says uncle took part in unsolved murders

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating whether alleged perpetrators of a mass lynching nearly 70 years ago in the South remain alive and well, the Guardian reports. Using a suspect-list provided by civil rights activists, investigators knocked on the door of 86-year-old Charlie Peppers in Monroe, Georgia. The subject of their chat:... More »

Sketch Released Over NAACP Bomb in Colorado

Cops think this man planted device

(Newser) - Authorities have released a composite sketch of the man they believe detonated an explosive near the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also offered a $10,000 reward for information on Tuesday's explosion, which caused only minor... More »

NAACP Marching from Ferguson to Governor's Mansion

Plus: mayor announces efforts to broaden police demographics

(Newser) - The Journey for Justice has begun: The NAACP has launched a march from Ferguson, Mo., to the state capital of Jefferson City, KSDK reports. "This is a peaceful march and we're seeking systemic, fundamental reform of policing in this country," says the organization's president and CEO,... More »

Man Starts KKK Group ... That's Open to All Races

John Abarr says the new Rocky Mountain Knights in Montana is inclusive

(Newser) - John Abarr, a well-known white supremacist in Montana, says he's a reformed man now forming a KKK group called the Rocky Mountain Knights—and anyone 18 and over in the Pacific Northwest can join. In 2011, he made headlines when he ran for (but lost) a congressional seat as... More »

Autopsy of Hanged Teen Offers Few Answers

Lennon Lacy's family insists he didn't kill himself

(Newser) - Lennon Lacy's autopsy report is out, but it does little to quell the sinister mystery surrounding the North Carolina teen's death. Lennon, 17, died from suffocation as a result of hanging, it says, adding that the dark abrasion circling his neck and the buckle mark under his ear... More »

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