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Rachel Dolezal, who identified as black, changes name

Rachel Dolezal, a former civil rights activist 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.
Diallo, 39, was profiled in a story last week by British newspaper The Guardian that mentioned she had changed her name on legal documents.
Court records posted online by Spokane County, in Washington state, indicated that Dolezal petitioned to change her name to Diallo, which has African roots, and that a judge granted the request last Oct. 7.
She could not immediately be reached for comment.
Dolezal resigned in 2015 as president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, following an uproar when media reports disclosed her parents were white.
Diallo was raised in a home with adopted black siblings, attended historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C., and has produced artwork and taught classes about black culture. Her parents have told U.S. media she has Caucasian roots.
Despite receiving heavy criticism for identifying as African-American, Diallo has continued to insist she considers herself to be black.

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