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In Full Color

By Rachel Doležal and Storms Reback

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With In Full Color, Rachael Doležal describes the path that led her from being a child of white evangelical parents to an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identified as black. Along the way, she’ll discuss the deep emotional bond she formed with her four adopted black siblings, the sense of belonging she felt while living in black communities in Jackson, Mississippi and Washington, D.C., and the experiences she’s had while living as a black woman. Her story is nuanced and complex, and in the process of telling it, she forces us to consider race in an entirely new light—not as a biological imperative, but as a function of the experiences we have, the culture we embrace, and, ultimately, the identity we choose.

Publication Date: March 2017

Publication Date: March 2017

Publication Date: March 2017

ISBN: 978-1-944648-16-9

Publication Date: March 2017

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About the Book

A lot of people think they know what Rachel Doležal is.

Race faker. Liar. Opportunist. Crazy bitch.

But they don’t get to decide who Rachel Doležal is.

What determines your race? Is it your DNA? The community in which you were raised? The way others see you, or the way in which you see yourself?

On June 11, 2015, the media “outed” Rachel Doležal as a white woman who had knowingly been “passing” as black. When asked if she were African American during an interview about the hate crimes directed at her and her family, she hesitated before ending the interview and walking away. Some interpreted her reluctance to respond and hasty departure as dishonesty, while others assumed she lacked a reasonable explanation for the almost unprecedented way she identified herself.

With In Full Color, Rachael Doležal describes the path that led her from being a child of white evangelical parents to an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identified as black. Along the way, she’ll discuss the deep emotional bond she formed with her four adopted black siblings, the sense of belonging she felt while living in black communities in Jackson, Mississippi and Washington, D.C., and the experiences she’s had while living as a black woman.

Her story is nuanced and complex, and in the process of telling it, she forces us to consider race in an entirely new light—not as a biological imperative, but as a function of the experiences we have, the culture we embrace, and, ultimately, the identity we choose.

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About the Authors

Rachel Doležal

Rachel Doležal holds an MFA from Howard University. Her scholarly research focus is the intersection of race, gender, and class in the contemporary Black diaspora, with a specific emphasis on Black women in visual culture. Her life work is underscored by racial and social justice activism, and she is a licensed Intercultural Competency & Diversity Trainer. Dolezal has guest lectured at Spokane Community College, University of Idaho, Gonzaga University, and Washington State University, and was the Advisor for the Black Student Unions at North Idaho College and Eastern Washington University.

Doležal began her activism in Mississippi, where she advocated for equal rights and partnered with community developers, tutoring grade-school children in Black history and art, and pioneering African American history courses at a predominantly white university. She is the former Director of Education at the Human Rights Education Institute in Idaho and served as a consultant for human rights education and inclusivity in regional public schools. She recently led the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission to promote police accountability and justice in law enforcement in Spokane, WA and was the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP. She is the mother of three sons.

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Storms Reback

Storms Reback is the author of three books: All In: The (Almost) Entirely True History of the World Series of PokerFarha on Omaha: Expert Strategy for Beating Cash Games and Tournaments; and Ship It Holla Ballas!: How a Bunch of 19-Year-Old College Dropouts Used the Internet to Become Poker’s Loudest, Craziest, and Richest Crew. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and children.

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Publication Details

Format: E-book Pdf

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

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Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-944648-16-9

Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 in.

Weight: 1.25 lbs.

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

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Latest Press

The Washington Post — book review to run via “Book World” section, Sunday, March 26, 2017

Los Angeles Times (circ 500K) — author interview to run on March 8, 2017 [date and link updated]

Contexts — book review and full cover show in the American Sociological Association’s magazine’s May issue

The Guardian ― book review and author interview to run in the February 25, ...

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