Sharon Dierberger
History Network

Grant: A man for our times

Television | Ulysses S. Grant shines in a new docuseries that mostly focuses on his military career
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 6/11/20, 04:26 pm

It’s heartening to watch the progression: A white man working the fields alongside black slaves, then freeing a slave from his in-laws, saying, “God protect you, Wilbur.”  The same man commands some of the Civil War’s first black troops. Then as president, he advocates for Abraham Lincoln’s Reconstruction plans and helps ratify the 15th Amendment to grant men voting rights regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Later, he sends agents south to capture and prosecute Ku Klux Klan members.

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NFL shifts stance on kneeling, again

Media | The league isn’t the only one toning down criticism of sideline protests
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 6/09/20, 05:23 pm

In the four years since Colin Kaepernick, then a quarterback for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, first took a knee on the sidelines during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the league has bobbled its response like a receiver trying not to drop a pass. First, it did not condone players kneeling to protest police brutality. Then it mandated they stand during the national anthem or stay out of sight. Then NFL leaders took some more time to think about it.

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Minneapolis churches pray for healing

Churches | Congregations gather after days of violent riots
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 5/31/20, 03:29 pm

Earnest brown eyes peered over a white face mask. They surveyed the people gathered on Saturday in the overgrown grassy field in south Minneapolis, a couple of blocks from where George Floyd died Monday. The eyes’ owner, W. Seth Martin, pushed the mask to his forehead and began to preach.

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