In the News: Slavery in Maryland, Islam, my new book Becoming


We had one heck of a week last week with Ben’s funeral in NYC on Tuesday. Suffice it to say, Ben had a wonderful send-off and is safely on the other side knowing he was loved and appreciated by many many people.

Here is a press release about my new book:  Becoming hits bookstores, #ReadFree on Pressbooks. (I’m designing the Blue Hand Books blog/website)

I will be back with an interview with a wonderful scholar-Ojibwe friend Carol Hand in the near future.

Here are some stories that interested me that might interest you! …XOX… Lara


In the News


Volunteers work Tuesday night in the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center to complete the Maryland Emancipation Quilt. The finished quilt will be on display in the State House on Nov. 1. (By Ryan Hunter, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Annapolis celebrates 150 years of freedom

By Ryan Hunter | Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 17, 2014

When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that took effect Jan. 1, 1863, the document didn’t apply to Maryland.

That’s because Lincoln “did not want to turn off or anger those border states with slaves that had remained faithful to the Union — like Missouri, Maryland, Kentucky and Delaware,” said Chris Haley, director of the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland in the research department of the Maryland State Archives.

In fact, it was nearly two years later, on Nov. 1, 1864, that Maryland’s third Constitution actually freed slaves in the Free State.

To mark the 150th anniversary of Maryland emancipation, the Annapolis Commission on Maryland’s 3rd Constitution and the Abolishment of Slavery — also known as Annapolis 1864 — is hosting a series of events reflecting on the state’s antebellum past.

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The Islamic State Tries and Fails to Justify Slavery

By Lizabeth Paulat | October 18, 2014

 The Islamic State has released the 4th issue of their magazine, Dabiq, where they attempt to rationalize slavery markets and their rampant sexual abuse of Yazidi women.

 The magazine is a sleek and glossy creation, filled with propaganda and news about the ‘good’ IS has been doing in the region. The latest issue, emblazoned with the headline ‘The Failed Crusade’ has an article called “The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour.”

 In the article they question why Yazidis have been allowed to exist amongst Muslims as they worship the fallen god Iblis. The Islamic State says that because they are not considered Muslims it is absolutely justified by Islam to enslave and ‘use’ (read: rape) them.

 However, that’s not actually how Islamic theology works and to understand this, we need to take a good hard look at these religious passages in the context of the time.

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