Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal says she will speak Monday about the furor over racial identity sparked after her parents said she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years.

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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.

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

“As you probably know by now, there are questions and assumptions swirling in national and global news about my family, my race, my credibility, and the NAACP,” Dolezal’s message said. “I have discussed the situation, including personal matters, with the Executive Committee.

“I support their decision to wait until Monday to make a statement. The Executive team asked that I also release my response statement at the same time …”

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Dolezal, 37, has dark curly hair and light-brown skin. Her parents have produced photos of her as a blond child.

The city is investigating whether she lied about her ethnicity when she applied for the police board. And police Friday said they were suspending investigations into racial-harassment complaints by Dolezal, including one this year in which she said she received hate mail at her office.

The NAACP issued a statement Friday supporting Dolezal, a longtime figure in Spokane’s human-rights community who teaches African studies to college students: “One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership,” the group said. “In every corner of this country, the NAACP remains committed to securing political, educational and economic justice for all people.”

The Spokesman Review in Spokane reported Saturday that the black man she says is her father implied otherwise in a brief phone interview. Albert Wilkerson Jr. said he has “nothing negative to say about Rachel” and was reluctant to get involved in the controversy.

“I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus,” Wilkerson said. Asked about social-media postings in which Dolezal identifies him as her father, Wilkerson replied: “You know the answer to that, and that’s all I’m going to say,” then hung up.

Ruthanne Dolezal of Troy, Mont., told reporters this past week that she has had no contact with her daughter in years. She said Rachel began to “disguise herself” after her parents adopted four African-American children more than a decade ago.

Her daughter dismissed the controversy, saying it arose from litigation between other relatives who have divided the family.

Meanwhile, an inquiry was opened at City Hall, where Dolezal identified herself in her application to the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission as having several ethnic origins, including white, black and American Indian. She still serves on that board.

She has filed numerous reports of racial harassment since 2009 with authorities in Spokane and nearby Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where she worked for the Human Rights Education Institute.