EDUCATION

Howard University quizzed Dolezal if she tried to pose as black in her admissions essay

  • In this image released by NBC News, former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the "Today" show set on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. Dolezal, who resigned as head of a NAACP chapter after her parents said she is white, said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and "takes exception" to the contention that she tried to deceive people. Asked by Matt Lauer if she is an "an African-American woman," Dolezal said: "I identify as black." (Anthony Quintano/NBC News via AP)

    In this image released by NBC News, former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the "Today" show set on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. Dolezal, who resigned as head of a NAACP chapter after her parents said she is white, said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and "takes exception" to the contention that she tried to deceive people. Asked by Matt Lauer if she is an "an African-American woman," Dolezal said: "I identify as black." (Anthony Quintano/NBC News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image released by NBC News, former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the "Today" show during an interview with co-host Matt Lauer, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. Dolezal, who resigned as head of a NAACP chapter after her parents said she is white, said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and "takes exception" to the contention that she tried to deceive people. Asked by Matt Lauer if she is an "an African-American woman," Dolezal said: "I identify as black." (Anthony Quintano/NBC News via AP)

    In this image released by NBC News, former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the "Today" show during an interview with co-host Matt Lauer, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. Dolezal, who resigned as head of a NAACP chapter after her parents said she is white, said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and "takes exception" to the contention that she tried to deceive people. Asked by Matt Lauer if she is an "an African-American woman," Dolezal said: "I identify as black." (Anthony Quintano/NBC News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Court documents show former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal was asked more than a decade ago if she tried to pose as an African-American when she applied to historically black Howard University.

The questions came as part of a discrimination lawsuit Dolezal filed against the university in the District of Columbia. Among other things, Dolezal claimed the school denied her a teaching position because she was white.

Depositions taken in 2003 show Howard's lawyers asked whether she was trying to mislead the admissions department into thinking she was black when she wrote in her essay that studying black history helped her to understand the atrocities black ancestors faced.

Dolezal resigned her NAACP post this week after her parents said she has posed as black despite Czech, German and Swedish ancestry.