FILE - 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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Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, is facing questions about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white, while she's portraying herself as black.

Deena Campbell
Jun, 14, 2015

Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, is facing questions about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white, while she's portraying herself as black.

Dolezal recently sent a message to NAACP members saying she would address the situation at a Monday night meeting with 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 wrote in an email. "There are many layers to this situation," the 37-year-old activist added.

"Actually, I don't like the term African-American; I prefer black. So, if asked, I would say, yes, I consider myself to be black," Dolezal told KREM-TV.

The NAACP responded by saying the civil rights organization has a "long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds."