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Margaret Stafford

Margaret Stafford is an author at Religion News Service.

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Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns

By Margaret Stafford and Gary Fields — April 14, 2021
LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) — U.S. Sikhs are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations, joining people of other faiths in observing holidays cautiously this spring due to COVID-19.

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

By Biswajeet Banerjee and Gary Fields — April 2, 2020
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Hindus around the world are in the midst of a nine-day period called Chaitra Navaratri that began with what for many is considered the Hindu New Year.

Civil rights: The road to Bloody Sunday began 30 miles away

By Gary Fields — March 5, 2020
MARION, Ala. (AP) — Della Simpson Maynor remembers the mounted police officer cracking her elbow with a baton. She recalls the panicked marchers unable to escape the onslaught, and the scuffle between officers and a young church deacon who was trying to  protect his mother and grandfather. Most of all, she remembers the gunshot. Two weeks before Bloody Sunday — the clash […]
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