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June 16, 2015

NAACP Leader Who Seemingly Passed as Black Quits Post

Rachel A. Dolezal stepped down Monday as president of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP chapter as controversy continued to swirl about the civil rights activist's racial identity, The New York Times writes.

Her departure came amid new revelations that Ms. Dolezal — who for several years has publicly maintained an identity as black or mixed race — apparently sued Howard University for discriminating against her, in part because she is white.

Ms. Dolezal's parents told media last week that she has no black ancestry. In 2002, the year she earned a master of fine arts degree at Howard, a woman named Rachel Moore — Ms. Dolezal's married name at the time — filed a bias suit against the historically black school, which was dismissed in 2005.

She announced her resignation in a statement posted on the Spokane NAACP's Facebook page, saying she did so "with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice" and to the organization. Chapter members had started an online petition calling for Ms. Dolezal to move on. Critics said her race was not an issue in her NAACP leadership but they have questioned her credibility.