Rachel Dolezal Dropped From Baltimore Book Festival

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts canceled author Rachel Dolezals appearance at this year’s Baltimore Book Festival amid community backlash. Dolezal had been slated to read from her autobiography, “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World,” at the September festival.

“A top priority of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is to listen to our constituents,” the statement said, “and after hearing from a cross-section of opinions on having Rachel Dolezal participate in this year’s festival, we had to consider how her appearance may affect both the audience and the other extraordinary authors we have planned for the Baltimore Book Festival. For that reason, we believe it would be appropriate to remove Ms. Dolezal from the festival line up.”

Last week’s announcement that Dolezal would be a presenting author for the 2017 festival touched off an immediate response leading to an online petition that garnered more than 100 signatures as of Tuesday morning. The petition urged BOPA to rescind the invitation, which some saw as racially insensitive.

Neither Dolezal nor her publisher responded to requests for comment Tuesday.

The Book Festival has presented over 3,000 authors over the past 22 years.


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