The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 17th, 2015
As of last Friday, Rachel A. Dolezal was no longer an employee of
Eastern Washington University. But the former adjunct instructor of
Africana education, who has become the focus of a fierce debate about
race and identity, may have a higher profile on campus than ever before.
Ms. Dolezal, a 37-year-old civil-rights advocate, stepped down on
Monday as president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP, less
than a week after her parents asserted that she was white. For years,
she has identified as black. Despite the disclosure from her parents —
and the release of childhood photographs and a reverse-discrimination
lawsuit she had filed against Howard University, her alma mater — Ms.
Dolezal said on Monday that she continues to do so.