Disgraced white NAACP leader who lied, for years, that she’s black, finally changes her name to Nkechi
Rachel Dolezal — the white National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) leader who pretended to be black for years — has reportedly changed her name to a Nigerian moniker, meaning “gift of God.”
The 39-year-old will now be called Nkechi Amare Diallo, according to the Daily Mail. Legal documents obtained by the British outlet show that she legally changed her name in a Washington state court back in October.
Nkechi, which is short for Nkechinyere, originates from the Igbo language of Nigeria and translates to “what God has given” or “gift of God.” Diallo, or “bold,” is ultimately of Fula origin. The Muslim ethnic group is said to have roots in the Middle East and West Africa.
Dolezal — who is the former president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter and a one-time professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University — has reportedly fallen on hard times since being exposed by her parents as white in June 2015.
Speaking to The Guardian last week, the disgraced civil rights advocate described how she had been unable to find a job or pay her rent in recent months. After her name change, she attempted to use her new identity to try and garner some positive attention, the Mail reports.