Malinda Brown, a former Claremore teacher who has had several careers, has returned to teaching. This time, a number of years since she was in the classroom, she is involved in a Citizenship Program, financed by a federal grant administered by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Museums.
She will talk about this program and why it is so important to her at the first Will Rogers Library Friends of the Library meeting of the 2018-19 year Monday, Sept. 17, at the Claremore Library, 1515 N. Florence. The meet- ing starts at 6 p.m. with a short busi- ness session and refreshments, fol- lowed by the program.
The Citizenship Program involves helping people prepare to earn United States citizenship. In some cases she is also helping students to the path of earning a GED.
Brown, who went to law school at the University of Tulsa while working at the Claremore Tag Agency, graduated from there when she was 50 and practiced solo.
She was a housing specialist at Community Action helping low and middle-income families buy houses with grant assistance from the U.S. Government.
Politically active, she was campaign manager for former Senator and Senate President Pro Tem Stratton Taylor and served on the Claremore City Council.
She was working as a part-time assistant to Rogers County Literacy Council Director Edel Godwin when the grant became available.
Two generations from illiterate Mexican immigrants whose next-door neighbor was a high school history teacher, who helped them memorize information so they could take the citizenship test orally, her childhood memories are vivid of their devotion to America. “In my Grandma’s dining room there where three pictures,” she said, “Jesus Christ, JFK and an American flag. They were proud Americans.”
The mother of two, her son Rogers County Associate District Judge Steve Pazzo graduated from law school the year before she did. Her daughter, Natalie Jones, is a nurse. She has three grandsons and a granddaughter.