18 Facts About Rachel Dolezal

1. Rachel Dolezal has made about her heritage and background over the years.

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2. Rachel Dolezal lied when she identified herself as African-American on an application to serve in a volunteer position on the citizen police ombudsman commission,according to KXLY, a local ABC-TV station.

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3. Rachel Dolezal became estranged from her parents around 2007 as she began to adopt her African-American identity.

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4. Rachel Dolezal said she "will be addressing the Spokane NAACP membership and all my friends soon.

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5. Rachel Dolezal has not been able to secure work as a professor in African-American studies and the NAACP chapter she once worked for wants nothing to do with her.

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6. Rachel Dolezal is certainly not the only white person to be drawn to an African-American identity.

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7. Rachel Dolezal instructed art as a graduate student at Howard University and helped launch the Howard University Young Artist's Academy in 2001, winning numerous awards for her talent.

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8. Rachel Dolezal has twenty years of experience as an exhibiting artist and art educator.

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9. Rachel Dolezal has helped launch Second Chance Program, a non-profit organization aimed at reducing recidivism rates and poverty for Black youth in Antigua and Barbuda, she developed a program for Chicago's Englewood and Austin youth, and worked with leaders in Las Vegas to improve fair housing.

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10. Rachel Dolezal began her activism in Mississippi, where she advocated for equal rights and partnered with community developers, tutoring grade-school children in Black history and art and pioneering African American history classes at a predominantly white university.

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11. Rachel Dolezal was a regular contributing writer for The Black Lens newspaper and the Inlander.

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12. Rachel Dolezal has in interviews referred to her father as her "stepfather", and said her "black father" had fled the Deep South "because a white cop was hunting him".

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13. Rachel Dolezal was a frequent contributor to The Inlander, an alternative weekly newspaper in Spokane.

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14. Rachel Dolezal applied for the position of Chair of the Office of the Police Ombudsman Commission in Spokane in May 2014, and was appointed by Mayor David Condon.

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15. Rachel Dolezal has used art to educate children on civil rights issues.

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16. Rachel Dolezal created a fountain sculpture installed in a downtown Spokane location in June 2005.

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17. Rachel Dolezal said she lived in South Africa as a child, but her family disputes the claim.

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18. Rachel Dolezal was president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter in Spokane, Washington from 2014 until June 2015, when she resigned in the midst of controversy over her racial identity.

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