Skip to comments.First-Ever Masonic Inaugural Ball to be Held[In honor of President-elect, Barack Obama]
Posted on 01/05/2009 9:02:01 AM PST by BGHater
Tickets are now on sale for the first-ever Masonic Inaugural Ball held in Washington, D.C.
William R. Singleton Hope Lebanon Lodge #7 is hosting the first-ever Masonic Inaugural Ball in honor of President-elect, Barack Obama and Vice-President Elect Joseph Biden. Tickets are limited, so you are encouraged to purchase yours quickly.
This first-ever event will be held at 8:00 p.m.:
2120 P Street, NW
While other inauguration balls are costing $125-$500 or more per ticket, weve arranged for an evening with some amazing food, a great DJ, and brotherhood, all for $65 per ticket, weve also included an incentive to help pay the baby sitter, couples may go for just $120 a piece.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Masonic Foundation of the District of Columbia.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: http://singletonlodge.org/home/inaugural-masonic-ball/
Traffic will be difficult to get through the District of Columbia. We are recommending that people take metro. Stars Bistro is conveniently located west of the Dupont Circle Metro Station (exit north.) There will be valet parking available for those choosing to drive.
Founding Fathers are looking for a way to walk the Earth again.
I have heard that His Excellency is 33d in a “Prince Hall” Lodge, whatever that means.
Is that “Regular”? I don’t think we have them here.
A ball will be “held”?
Of course, his pastor is Prince Hall.
Obama is a Mason?
There. Fixed it. Sorry for any confusion.
That's one in which you Party Like It's 1999.
A “Prince Hall” lodge is primarily for blacks. The operative word is ‘primarily’, somewhat like a black college.
Price Hall is a black lodge. It is considered a regular lodge. Nate King Cole was one as well. Look up famous Masons and you will see several black members.
I hope the Dear Messiah will attain the next degree soon.
Otherwise, he might need to move to Utah and start a whole new religion based on Masonic principals, only slightly altered according to some golden tablets he finds in the woods.
I can’t believe Masons would support this abomination!
“I believe my balls should be held every night!”
“Price Hall is a black lodge. “
THAT explains it.
I just left a comment shocked that Masons would support this abomination.
Since we judge by ones COLOR, then it makes SENSE that a BLACK Masonic Lodge would cater to a BLACK man and NOT a WHITE man.
They of the “sacred aprons”.
> Price Hall is a black lodge. It is considered a regular lodge. Nate King Cole was one as well. Look up famous Masons and you will see several black members.
Given his difficulty with producing a valid Birth Certificate, I’d be wanting to try him by signs and tokens. That’s what they’re there for.
A Prince Hall Lodge generally refers to a Lodge consisting exclusively of African Americans and are usually not recognized as true masonic lodges by the respective Masonic jurisdictions or the Grand Lodges of the states. They are recognized only by the Prince Hall Lodges.
'Course he can daaaannnnce!
The Lodge’s own web page indicates that neither Barack Obama nor Joe Biden are Masons.
Thanks — so they would be “Regular” but not necessarily “In Amity?”
Actually, this is mostly no longer true. Grand Lodges of AF & AM or F & AM in 34 states now recognize their respective Prince Hall Grand Lodges, though that does not necessarily include free visitation. My own Masonic jurisdiction just became the 34th this past winter and visitation requires explicit permission from both Grand Masters.
That said, generally, Prince Hall Lodges are regular and quite legitimate. The usage stems from the Revolutionary War, when white lodges in the US were forcibly divorced from the Grand Lodge in London. The only one recognized at the time was the newly-formed Prince Hall in Boston (named for a man with that name, btw). As the unpleasantness subsided, recognition quickly followed, but mutual recognition did not. That was an extended process which is still going on.
I suspect this means he is Scottish Rite. To my knowledge there are only three degrees in Blue Lodge Masonry, of which Prince Hall is an exemplar.
Free Born???????? Roque lodges.
I stand corrected. I just called the Secy of my lodge and he told me pretty much the same thing. He said this came about after I served as Master.(10 years ago). Then they were not recognized by the Grand Lodge.
With today’s announcement of a worldwide virtual ball via the Internet, this will mark the last time anyone ever sees ‘Balls’ in this term.
They misspelled “Messianic Ball”.
I always thought the Masons were a very conservative, very white group.
It was my honor to vote for Prince Hall recognition at the last Annual Communication here in NC.
I am surprised (or maybe I’m not) that politics isn’t forbidden in Prince Hall lodges as it is in AF & AM lodges.
You would never see an AF & AM lodge host an inauguration ball for any president.
They are regular in Texas, or at least one may have Masonic communication with them.
Not sure if AF&FM and Prince Hall can sit in each other’s meetings.
Prince Hall. He was a colurful guy.
I’ve recently found Amos and Andy on YouTube. I was surprised.
Jurisdictions vary, is why. Check your state Grand Lodge, if you are interested.
“I always thought the Masons were a very conservative, very white group.”
Yes, I did to, until I did some research for a book. The Cherokee had lodges in Indian Territory/Arkansas in the 1850’s-60’s and after. Blacks in the area also had lodges.
Very conservative, yes. White, no.
My lodge (not Prince Hall) has black, white, hispanic, one Asian doctor who doesn’t show up, Jewish, Roman Catholic and every protestant denomination around.
Dang! Beat me to it!
Prince Hall is a historic, African American Masonic affiliate body. They where founded in the 1700s to support abolitionist groups. Prince Hall has a very interesting history.
Very conservative when it comes to individual values but as you know, many people live conservative values but vote liberal. I wouldn't call the lodges 'very white', very diverse and one of the first fraternal groups to welcome members no matter their racial background.
"...Paul M. Bessel is a Fellow of the Scottish Rite Research Society, a Fellow of the Philalethes Society, and Past President of the Masonic Library & Museum Association. He is a Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. Paul Bessel is well known and highly respected globally for his vast web site of accurate factual information on numerous topics in Freemasonry, including in particular, the subject of Prince Hall recognition."
Thank you for the excellent link.
Anyone else amused that Arkansas is one of the laggards in this regard?
Masonic (AF&AM) ping!
aLL I WANT TO KNOW IS WHERE IS THE FREEPER BALL THIS TIME.
I’m an Elk what do I know you don’t let women join either.
My father was a 32nd and a Hero of 76. Dad died in 2002
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According to the site, neither Bambi nor Biden are Masons. It looks like they are simply using the event that may have many brothers in town to have an assemblage and help raise a little money for their local charities.