NAACP leader to speak Monday; parents say she lied on race

Jun 13, 2015 3:04 PM by News Staff

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal says she will speak about the furor over racial identity sparked after her parents said she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years, but she is actually white.

KHQ-TV in Spokane reports that Dolezal sent a message to NAACP members saying she would address the situation at a Monday meeting of the group.

Dolezal is an artist and activist with dark curly hair and light-brown skin. Her parents have produced pictures of her as a blonde, blue-eyed child to prove that she is white.

Police on Friday said they were suspending investigations into racial harassment complaints filed by Dolezal, including one from earlier this year in which she said she received hate mail.

The NAACP issued a statement Friday supporting Dolezal.

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