Rachel Dolezal to Break Silence on Race Controversy on 'Today'

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Dolezal stepped down Monday as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter amid accusations that she misrepresented her race.

Rachel Dolezal is ready to tell her side of the story. 

Dolezel, who resigned her post as NAACP chapter president Monday amid controversy that she is a white woman pretending to be black, will sit down for a live interview Tuesday with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today to give her first comments since the flap.

She also will take part in separate interviews with NBC Nightly NewsSavannah Guthrie, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry and NBCBLK, the network's African-American online vertical.

Dolezal's parents spoke to MSNBC on Monday, with her father, Larry Dolezal, saying they supported their daughter's decision to resign.

"I pray that she will take the steps necessary to embrace her true personal identity and not feel compelled any longer to be false or malicious toward her family," her mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, said.

In a statement on the NAACP Spokane, Washington, chapter's Facebook page, Dolezal said she was stepping down because of the increased focus on her "personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity."

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