Rachel Dolezal, the embattled president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, stepped down from her post Monday amid questions surrounding her racial identity.
In a statement the chapter posted on Facebook on Monday, Dolezal wrote: “It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley.”
Dolezal came under scrutiny last week when her parents said she was a white woman of German and Czech ancestry.
Her parents said Thursday that she was born Caucasian and has been deceiving people into thinking she was African American since 2004.
Spokane NAACP members began a petition drive this weekend asking Dolezal to take a leave of absence, and some had planned to protest outside Monday’s meeting.