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A photo of a man in a collared shirt and suit jacket in the foreground, with a woman in a dress and a boy in the background, both waving small American flags.

Táriba, Cabrera and their 12-year-old son, Daniel, outside the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park in Topeka

Library Program Teaches Citizenship Applicants ‘Meat’ of U.S. History

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in May 1954 to end legal segregation in public schools, it established one of the most fundamental precedents in the nation’s history.

The Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park in Topeka thus proved a fitting location — right before Independence Day — for a naturalization ceremony where participants swore to “bear true faith and allegiance” to the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

Johnson Countians Monica Fracachan Cabrera and Juan Calderón Táriba took part in that proceeding. The married couple’s participation marked a milestone for them and for the Library’s free U.S. citizenship class, established three years ago by Latino Services Outreach Librarian Christine Peterson.

The Library class now counts 18 new U.S. citizens among its alumni.

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