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Rachel Dolezal sued Howard University for discrimination

By Matt Pearce Los Angeles Times
The former NAACP leader accused of being a white woman pretending to be black once sued a historically black university for racial discrimination, claiming Howard University favored black students over her, according to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Rachel Dolezal, who resigned her presidency of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash., on Monday, was known as Rachel Moore when she sued Howard University in 2002 in Washington, D.C., where she was a graduate student in art. Dolezal claimed university officials removed some of her art from a student exhibit in 2001 “for a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students” over her, according to an appeals court’s summary of her arguments. Dolezal also claimed university officials took her scholarship away and denied her a teaching assistantship because she was pregnant. A judge in Superior Court in the District of Columbia and an appeals court dismissed Dolezal’s claims. A spokeswoman for Howard University declined to comment Monday, calling the matter resolved.