Rachel Dolezal, activist who identified as black, changes name

Rachel Dolezal, former NAACP leader of Spokane, WA, who was embroiled in controversy after identifying as black despite being the biological daughter of white parents, has changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, court records showed on Thursday.

Dolezal’s new name comes from two different countries in Africa. “Nkechi” originates from the Igbo tribe in Nigeria, and it means, “gift of god.” “Diallo” is Fulani and can be traced back to Guinea and Senegal. It means “bold.”

Dolezal’s memoir, “In Full Color,” is due out in March.