Fifty new US citizens were recently welcomed at a naturalization ceremony at a museum in Maryland.
The country’s newest citizens were welcomed by Lauren Kielsmeier, who is the acting deputy director and chief of staff at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), at a ceremony at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.
The latest people to receive US citizenship came from a wide variety of countries, including Cameroon, Indonesia, Iran, Liberia, France, Spain, Senegal, Russia, China, Nigeria, Thailand and the United Kingdom, among others.
The ceremony at the museum, during black history month, gave Kielsmeier a chance to speak about the contributions African Americans have made to America.
“Today we highlight the important contributions countless African Americans have made to strengthen our nation,” Kielsmeier said during the keynote address. “We are reminded that American citizenship gives us all equal rights and requires that we embrace the responsibilities that go with it.”
In addition to a number of speeches, the Oath of Allegiance was administered , which in part requires new citizens to renounce their citizenship to foreign countries.