These are the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a Mason, explained Tony Hawkins of John G. Jones Grand Lodge of California Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
“Knowing his works, knowing what he has done for the African American community or the Black community in particular here in the United States, this should have been done a long time ago but by the grace of Allah we’re here today,” said Mr. Hawkins. Masons are a fraternal order or society that grew out of men that worked as stone masons and builders in the 17th and 18th century. It is a society steeped heavily in traditions, symbolism, core beliefs and doctrines. However, a Black man named Prince Hall from Barbados founded a lodge around 1784 when Blacks were not allowed or permitted in White lodges.
Photos from the solemn and unprecedented Sept. 28 gathering soon began circulating on social media.
“This has been a great day for me as a Mason and all the Brothers in this picture, not only did we meet with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, we broke bread with him as well,” said Calvin D. Sanders via Facebook.
Rashad Muhammad of South Carolina, Amzi Muhammad of Chicago and Marcus 2X Hill of Baltimore are members of the Nation of Islam and are also Masons. The men were particularly touched to honor the Minister. The Minister was presented with dozens of awards, plaques, certificates and Masonic re..