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Former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal legally changes name

UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Former NAACP Spokane chapter leader Rachel Dolezal has changed her name.

According to court documents, Dolezal, who became infamous worldwide when her family outed her as a white woman claiming to be black, petitioned to have her name changed on Oct. 7 in Spokane County District Court.

Her new name is Nkechi Amare Diallo.

The information was first reported by the British tabloid Daily Mail.

In a recent interview with the British newspaper the Guardian, Diallo claimed she was on the brink of homelessness and was living on food stamps. She told the interviewer her only job prospects were reality TV or porn.

The Guardian article also claimed that then-police Chief Frank Straub, who was not mentioned by name, hired an investigator to look into Diallo as a way to get her removed from the city’s civilian ombudsman commission. Straub’s attorney and the investigator told The Spokesman-Review on Saturday that those assertions were false.


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