Rachel Dolezal legally changes name to African phrase

Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president who pretended to be black, changed her full name in October to an African phrase, according to court documents in Spokane, Wash.

Dolezal now goes by Nkechi Amare Diallo.

Nkechi is short for Nkechinyere, which is derived from the Igbo word for “gift of God” in Nigeria. Diallo also originated in Africa and means “bold.”

Dolezal has kept a low profile since June 2015, when her parents said she was white and not the African descendent she had claimed to be. The Spokane chapter of the NAACP let her go and Eastern Washington University fired her as an adjunct professor. Since then, Dolezal has applied to more than 100 jobs but not been able to find work.

“Right now the only place I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,” Dolezal told the UK Guardian. She also claimed to be living on food stamps.

It’s unclear whether Dolezal received an advance from her book deal. “In Full Color” is set to be released March 28.

“Don’t worry, the story behind my name change will be in my book,” Dolezal wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

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