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Former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal gets new African name

FILE - In this July 24, 2009, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, a leader of the Human Rights Education Institute, stands in front of a mural she painted at the institute's offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Court documents show Dolezal legally changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo on Oct. 7, 2016.(AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

FILE - In this July 24, 2009, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, a leader of the Human Rights Education Institute, stands in front of a mural she painted at the institute's offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Court documents show Dolezal legally changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo on Oct. 7, 2016.(AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)  (The Associated Press)

Former Spokane, Washington, NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who resigned amid criticism that she was passing herself off as black, has changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo.

Court documents show a judge granted her request on Oct. 7, 2016. Her new name has origins in Africa.

The former Dolezal has acknowledged that she is "Caucasian biologically" but says she identifies as black.

Her race became a national topic of conversation in 2015 after a local news reporter questioned her on camera about her background.

She told Britain's The Guardian newspaper last week that that she can't find a job and the only work she has been offered is in reality TV and porn.

Her memoir is set to be released later this month.