From Prince Hall to the Giants
by Cecile Revauger
history of Black Freemasonry from Boston and Philadelphia in the
late 1700s through the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.
� Reveals how many of the most
influential jazz musicians of the 20th century were also Masons,
including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole
� Explores the origins of the Civil
Rights Movement within black Freemasonry and the roles played by
Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois
When the first Masonic lodges
opened in Paris in the early 18th century their membership included
traders, merchants, musketeers, clergymen, and women - both white
and black. This was not the case in the United States where black
Freemasons were not eligible for membership in existing lodges. For
this reason the first official charter for an exclusively black
lodge - the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts - was granted
by the Grand Lodge of England rather than any American chapter.
Through privileged access to archives kept by Grand Lodges, Masonic
libraries, and museums in both the United States and Europe,
respected Freemasonry historian Cecile Revauger traces the history
of black Freemasonry from Boston and Philadelphia in the late 1700s
through the Abolition Movement and the Civil War to the genesis of
the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1900s up through the 1960s.
Looking at the deep connections between jazz and Freemasonry, the
author reveals how many of the most influential jazz musicians of
the 20th century were also Masons.
Unveiling the deeply social role at the heart of black Freemasonry,
Revauger shows how the black lodges were instrumental in helping
American blacks transcend the horrors of slavery and prejudice,
achieve higher social status, and create their own solid spiritually
based social structure, which in some cities arose prior to the
establishment of black churches.
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The Mysteries of John
the Baptist: His Legacy in Gnosticism, Paganism, and
By Tobias Churton
Few Freemasons today understand why the most
significant date in the Masonic calendar is June
24th--the Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist and
the traditional date for appointing Grand Masters. Nor
do many of them know that Masons used to be known as
�St. John�s Men� or that John the Baptist was
fundamental to the original Masonic philosophy of
Freemasonry and the Holocaust
By: Bro. Shawn M. Gorley
Masonry - How do we make Good Men Better?
By: Bro. Dr. Paul Uslan
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had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this
fine book, I loved it. Brother Osman tells his
remarkable story coming from a one day class Mason to an
educated and well respected writer and presenter of
Masonic topics. The book covers a hot topic in
Freemasonry in which in most cases a one day class Mason
is looked down upon for not going through the degrees
the traditional way. What he has become since is
incredible and he proves the point very well that it is
not how you come in to the craft but what you do with it
once you are in. Osman shoots from the hip with his
opinions and words which I found quite refreshing. This
book is not only a must read for all one day classers
but the rest of the Brethren to open their eyes that it
really is important what you do once you join, not how
you join. Great job Brother Osman! (Bro.
Shawn M. Gorley)
Karl W. Grube,
Robert Blackburn, P.M.
Shawn M. Gorley,
Ph.D. Foreign Correspondent - Warsaw, Poland
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