Sunday, February 25, 2007

Young blacks need guidance from adults, Prince Hall Grand Master tells crowd

"The saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child' is true," says Judge Milton F. Fitch, who is the Grand Master of the North Carolina Prince Hall Masons. "If you travel down the street and you see a child doing something that's not right, I think it's your obligation to say something to that child."

Yesterday at the Prince Hall Masonic Temple in Winston-Salem, N.C., Bro. Milton spoke to about 250 people during the first Masonic African-American Male Summit for Black History Month. Young people accounted for about 100 people who attended the summit, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

The event was sponsored by the Winston-Salem Masonic Corp. and the Winston-Salem Foundation. The summit addressed issues facing black young men, including high rates of unemployment, incarceration and school dropout.

Delores Wylie, the former president of the Winston-Salem Urban League, challenged black men to better prepare boys for adulthood, and she challenged women to teach boys about respect.

The importance of good role models in the community was stressed by many speakers. Young people were encouraged to draw lessons from black history and to find men in the audience who would be willing to be mentors.

"I think the one thing we will definitely do is continue this dialogue," Bro. Richard Williams, a member of the Winston-Salem Masonic Corp. said. "I think this will open a door for us to have similar forums and discussions where instead of rehashing the problem at subsequent forums we need to roll up our sleeves and start developing solutions."

Image: M.W. Bro. Milton F. Fitch, Grand Master of Prince Hall Masons in North Carolina for 2007

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  1. according to some dues card carrying neanderthals, NC Prince Hall members are not masons.....
    Dixie states are on the cutting edge of masonry.
    way to go southern man!

  2. -Widows Son, I thought you might enjoy these posts from Le Chevallier Maconique between myself and a UGLA decrier. Kind of in line with this subject.


    Anonymous said...

    bogus masonry is what you practice. i found true masonic brotherhood in the blue loge. too bad you didn't.

    February 24, 2007 8:02 AM

    Anonymous said...
    Good for you. But it seems you didn't find that "enlightened frame of mind" that comes along with true brotherhood. Your comment towards me makes that clear. I bid you Peace, though and I am glad you found what you were looking for.


    February 24, 2007 10:59 AM

    Anonymous said...
    that last anonymous post was from Darren Simpson.

    February 24, 2007 11:01 AM

    Anonymous said...

    you can believe I found the enlightened frame of mind when it comes to true brotherhood.I can see it every time I go to my lodge or visit any other lodge. We are not a grand lodge of one color as you think. We have mexicans, puerta ricans, orientals, and middle easterners as members in many lodges here. we also have have a guy from the Netherlands that comes to visit us quite often and we welcome him any time.

    February 26, 2007 7:21 AM

    Anonymous said...
    From Darren,

    Good for you. Still, my reply remains the same. The way you treat people you've never met bespeaks an incomplete understanding of brotherhood. All mankind searches for a path of betterment and enlightenment. With your attitude, you are no better than those in the early Catholic Church or those in elitist cults who would deny all others of their "authenticity" just because they weren't of "your particular path". So I left the Blue Lodge... So I don't get the magic jellybeans... Truth has no loyalty to any one lodge system. Same truths... Different lodge. Same ritual...different lodge system. Same degree-work...different lodge system. If a particular truth is that the night sky is black and I claimed it as a UGLA lodge member... Would you say my understanding is invalid because I was a "bogus" mason? If we do the same degree work and take the same oaths... Then there is no difference of what jurisdiction someone belongs to. Man makes distinctions and is the author of all separation. G-d set the original truths in place that all of masonry is based on. He is the author of unity.
    Good luck in your Masonic life!


  3. funny how all the old southern racist mason have not spewed thier brand of masonic brotherhood here on this post?
    why aren't they dictating how NC Prince Hall's aren't real masons etc...
    when will you leave southern mason racist?

  4. A Prince Hall Mason speaking about an African-American Male summit for Black History Month. This is perfectly OK.
    But......What if the Grand Master of Alabama held a caucasion summit for White History Month?
    Which one of these scenarios would be racist?
    Northern Man 420, please tell me why the second option is racist and the first is not?

  5. every month is white history month?
    he does not have to say caucasian, because where he comes from , black are not considered masons, so designating color in the dixie states would be redundant!
    how's that?

  6. Northern Man 420 you did not answer the question, you just avoided it. What if the Ohio Grand Master held a Caucasion summit for White history month? would this be racist?


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