Nkechi Amare Diallo (born November 12, 1977), commonly known by her previous name Rachel Anne Dolezal (; also spelled Doležal), is an American former civil rights activist and former Africana studies instructor. She was president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chapter in Spokane, Washington, from 2014 until June 15, 2015, when she resigned after it was revealed that she had lied about being African American, many other aspects of her biography, and about alleged hate crimes against her.
In June 2015, Dolezal came to media attention when her European American parents stated publicly that Dolezal was a white woman passing as black. Their statement followed Dolezal's reports to police and local news media that she had been the victim of nine hate crimes; however a subsequent police investigation did not support Dolezal's allegations. Dolezal's critics contend that she has committed cultural appropriation and fraud; Dolezal and her defenders contend her racial identity is genuine while not based on biology or ancestry. In a November 2015 television interview, Dolezal publicly stated for the first time since the controversy began that she was born white but still identified as black. Spokane's main newspaper The Spokesman-Review has called her "Spokane’s undisputed heavyweight champion of racial appropriation."
In the aftermath of the controversy, Dolezal was also dismissed from her position as an instructor in Africana studies at Eastern Washington University and removed by the city council as chair of the police ombudsman commission over "a pattern of misconduct." She subsequently published her memoir In Full Color where she defended her claims and compared her own experiences to slavery. She changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo in 2016. Wikipedia