What you do like about your organization?
This is a fraternal organization, and our primary focus is trying to better the Community. We try to do a lot of charity and fundraising events. within the community.
Why did you get involved with the fraternal organization?
My father is still a Mason. I’ve been around it for a while, and it was always presented to me as a Christian organization. It’s not a church, but it is a Christian organization. We have a lot of spiritual rituals out of the King James Bible in our meetings. My father’s life, inspired me to go forward and try to learn more about it and be a part of this organization.
What are some of the requirements to be part of the organization?
First of all, you got to be at least 16 years old. You have to believe in a Supreme Being. You cannot be an atheist, and you cannot worship the devil. You have to do a physical and a background check. There is more you have to go through butin general, those basic requirements
What are misconceptions that you come across that people have about Mason’s?
The biggest misperception about this fraternity is that we worship the devil. I think a lot of that comes from people who don’t know about it. They think becasue we are more of a private organization that we are doing something wrong. But you can’t go to a church meeting unless you’re a member of the church. In the same way, unless you a member of this fraternity, you are not going to know about everythign we do.
How do people get involved who might be interested in it or even knowing more about it?
The first thing you would do is, ask a Mason. You can be curious about it, but that doesn’t guarantee your entry into this organization. There is a process you have to go through and pass before you are allowed in.
what about the role in the black community?
Our primary focus is our commitment to uplifting our community and families. We do not get paid for this. It is personally gratifying. We are trying to build up our community because we know it is the foundation of everything.
You have to have a strong Foundation within yourself before you can help others. You cant help others if your own foundation is weak and not stable. You have to be strong, to help others be strong.