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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My Brothers:

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy.  Although Dr. King was not himself a mason, Masonry was part of his life -- both his father and grandfather were masons.  Many have said over the years that, had he not been assassinated, it would only have been a matter of time before he too joined and became a Brother.

As we honor Dr. King's legacy, his message remains as important today as it was in his lifetime.  Personally, I see many similarities between his vision and Freemasonry's commitment to fighting for a better world where we treat each other as brothers and we measure one another by our character and actions.  Through our tenets of BROTHERLY LOVE, RELIEF, and TRUTH, in many ways Freemasonry continues the work that Dr. King began to see a world free of the scourge of racism.

I thought you might enjoy this photograph of Dr. King giving a speech to the Prince Hall Masons of Columbus in July 1958:

An article about this speech can be found at  It details the danger and threats that Dr. King and our Prince Hall brothers overcame in making that speech happen.  Their conviction to their principles is an example worthy of all imitation.

I sincerely hope all of you have a blessed day.

Fraternally Yours,

Christopher Mays

Master, Golden Rule Lodge

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