UPDATED: June 15, 2015 8:46 p.m.
SPOKANE, Wash. — The former head of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter who stepped down amid a furor over claims she was a white woman posing as black filed a racial discrimination suit against a historically black college in 2002.
Rachel Dolezal sued Howard University, where she attended graduate school, for discrimination based on “race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender, as well as retaliation,” according to a 2005 District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruling in the case.
Dolezal, who then went by her married name, Rachel Moore, claimed the university blocked her appointment as a teaching assistant, failed to hire her as an art teacher upon graduation and removed some of her pieces from a student art exhibition in favor of works by African American students.
The appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling throwing out the lawsuit.
Dolezal’s parents appeared on the “Today” show Monday and said they hope to reconcile with their daughter.
“We hope that Rachel will get the help that she needs to deal with her identity issues. Of course, we love her,” her mother said.
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