In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses for a photo in her Spokane, Wash. home. Dolezal is facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black, Friday, June 12, 2015.
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In this Friday, March 6, 2015, file photo, from left, Della Montgomery-Riggins, Charles Thornton and Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal link arms and sing "We Shall Overcome" at a rally in downtown Spokane, Wash., responding to a racist and threatening package received by Dolezal. Dolezal is now facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black.
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In this Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, center, Spokane's newly-elected NAACP president, smiles as she meets with Joseph M. King, of King's Consulting, left, and Scott Finnie, director and senior professor of Eastern Washington University's Africana Education Program, before the start of a Black Lives Matter Teach-In on Public Safety and Criminal Justice, at EWU, in Cheney, Wash. Dolezal's family members say she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years.
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In this July 24, 2009, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, a leader of the Human Rights Education Institute, stands in front of a mural she painted at the institute's offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Dolezal, now president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP, is facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black.
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SPOKANE, Wash. — The president of the NAACP's Spokane, Washington, chapter has resigned as furor mounted over her racial identity after her parents said she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years though she is actually white.
The announcement that Rachel Dolezal was stepping down was posted Monday on the civil rights group's Facebook page.
Dolezal has been a longtime figure in Spokane's human-rights community and teaches African studies to college students.
The city of Spokane is investigating whether she lied about her ethnicity when she applied to be on the police board.
Her mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, said the family's ancestry is Czech, Swedish and German, with a trace of Native American heritage.