Rachel Dolezal, the former head of Spokane, Washington’s NAACP chapter who claimed to be black before her parents ‘outed’ her as white, officially changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo in a Washington court in October, legal documents obtained by DailyMail.com show.
Nkechi is short for Nkechiyere, meaning ‘gift of god’ in Igbo, while Diallo, meaning ‘bold,’ is a last name of Fulani origin.
After she made headlines in 2015 when she was outed as a Caucasian by her parents Larry and Ruthanne, the former president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington chapter and a part-time teacher of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University, was forced to step down from her respective leadership roles.
Dolezal, who grew up with four adopted black siblings, still maintains that race should be a fluid concept.
‘I’m sure it’s hard to make sense of for people from the outside, but for me it’s been like a consistent, organic process of coming into who I am. As long as I can remember, I saw myself as black. I was socially conditioned to discard that,’ she told the Guardian.
Dolezal’s memoir, titled In Full Color, which will describe her path from the child of white Evangelical parents to ‘an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identified as black’, is set for release next month.