By Jennifer Maas
Updated June 16, 2015 at 11:26 PM EDT
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Rachel Dolezal feels as though her resignation from the NAACP has freed her, People reports.

The former NAACP chapter president in Spokane, Washington, knows that some people may feel anger toward her for participating in national television interviews following her exit from the organization. But Dolezal says she is “feeling good about things.”

“I had to step down from that title to have a voice,” Dolezal told People.

On Tuesday night Dolezal spoke with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry about what it meant to “live blackness.”

Head over to Peopleto read about Dolezal’s experiences and how, as a child, she felt “a spiritual, visceral, instinctual connection with black is beautiful.”

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