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Club Leader Apologizes for Rejecting Black Woman

Posted February 27, 2007 6:32 p.m. EST
Updated February 27, 2007 7:35 p.m. EST

Leaders of a Fayetteville club that denied membership to a black woman now say they are sorry for their actions

Last month, the Woman's Club voted to reject Cassandra McMillion, who would have been the club’s first black member during its 100-year history.

Mary Anne Peeples, club president , sent a letter to the media that says the organization is not proud of the image that has been projected.

"We are not defending our actions,” Peeples said in the letter. “We admit that several members of our organization allowed an internal power struggle to cloud good judgment."

McMillon told a local newspaper that she's happy to receive the apology and will speak with Peeples personally in the near future. The statement said that members who resigned in protest of the club's decision would be allowed to reapply.