On June 23, 2017, the latest new citizen from the Grand Commandery of the South’s citizenship program swore his Oath of Allegiance to the United States.  Mr. Seidu came to the United States from his native Mauritania by way of Senegal.  As result of civil strife in Mauritania, he was never able to go to school to learn to read or to write, much less to learn English.  For two years, he worked with us as well as with an English as a second language program at a local Baptist Church to learn to read, write and speak English. 

Along the way he learned the civics and history required of all new citizens.  We were delighted he passed his Citizenship Test on his first try with flying colors.  Mr. Seidu is an example to us all of the value of hard work and perseverance.

Pictured above are Mr. Seidu’s niece, sister and himself, with teachers: Keith Derbes OMLJ, Hugh Straub GCLJ, Bill Falk, Violet Nix (First Baptist Church) and Jim Jeter KCLJ

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