- The Washington Times - Monday, June 15, 2015

Rachel Dolezal, the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington, chapter president who resigned Monday amid accusations that she pretended to be black for nearly a decade, reportedly sued Howard University in 2002 for discrimination she allegedly faced as a student at the historically black college.

Ms. Dolezal, then known as Rachel Moore, named the university and professor Alfred Smith, chairman of the university’s art department, as defendants in a lawsuit filed in D.C.’s Superior Court, The Smoking Gun reported Monday.

The lawsuit claimed discrimination based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender. Ms. Dolezal alleged that Mr. Smith and university officials had invidiously blocked her appointment to a teaching assistantship, rejected her application for an instructorship and denied her scholarship aid while she was a student, according to a Court of Appeals opinion obtained by The Smoking Gun.

The lawsuit reportedly sought damages for medical and emotional distress.

Judge Zoe Bush determined there was no evidence to support Ms. Dolezal’s claims and dismissed the suit in February 2004. The D.C. Court of Appeals subsequently affirmed the judge’s decision, The Smoking Gun reported.

Ms. Dolezal was reportedly ordered to reimburse Howard $2,728.50 for a “Bill of Costs,” as well as nearly $1,000 during the case.

According to her parents, Ms. Dolezal didn’t start falsely portraying herself as a black woman until after she divorced a black man in 2004.

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