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Rachel Dolezal changes her legal name

Notorious Spokane resident Rachel Dolezal has made headlines around the world once again. This time, for changing her name.

According to court documents, Dolezal filed last October for a legal name change. Court records show she legally changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo. Nkechi is a West African name meaning "Gift of God."


KXLY was among the first to expose Dolezal's series of untruths in 2015. Dolezal, who once served as the president of Spokane's NAACP, had lied about her race for years, telling people she was black and also reporting a series of unproven hate crimes she said were committed against her.

KXLY also reported extensively on her ouster from the Spokane Police Ombudsman Commission because of an ethics complaint against her that was made long before the race issue became public; she was also removed from her position as president of Spokane's chapter of the NAACP.

When asked about it on Twitter Thursday, Dolezal pointed out that her social media accounts are still under the name Rachel Dolezal. Her book, already advertised on Amazon.com, is written under the name Dolezal. "In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World." 

Under the author description, Dolezal lists the time on the ombudsman commission and the NAACP under her accomplishments, but does not mention the scandal which ended both appointments. 


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