Court Celebrates African American History Month

Posting Date: 
Friday, February 12, 2021
On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the District Court of Guam will proudly host two special African American History Month Naturalization Ceremonies.


The celebration of African American History Month during the month of February was recognized by President Gerald R. Ford in 1976 and has been recognized by every President since. The theme for this year's African American History month is "Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity." Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. We will have two keynote speakers for each ceremony: Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons and FBI Special Agent Michael Gadsden

In line with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines implemented by the Government of Guam, the Naturalization Ceremony will take place in front of the courthouse where the soon-to-be citizens will take their oath to bear faith and allegiance to our great nation. This is a momentous event as the court welcomes 50 new citizens.  Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood states: “We extend our most sincere congratulations and well wishes to all of our new citizens sworn in as we celebrate African American History Month.”