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President of Liberia visits the U

President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf spoke to a sold-out crowd at the University of Minnesota on Friday.

Sirleaf is Liberia's first female president. She visited Minnesota as a part of a national tour to promote her memoir, said the
Star Tribune
.

The "iron lady" also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for public service, said the Minnesota Daily.

During her lecture, she talked about permanent residency and the possibility of dual citizenship for Liberians living in the U.S.

Many of those living here were granted special immigration status in order to flee from the country's long civil war.

Minnesota has the largest Liberian population in the country with 20,000 to 30,000 Liberians living in mainly Brooklyn Park or Brooklyn Center.

The lecture was a part of the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.