Masonic orders

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Masonic orders:

see FreemasonryFreemasonry,
teachings and practices of the secret fraternal order officially known as the Free and Accepted Masons, or Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Organizational Structure
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Also, in discussing the spark that ignited the massacre, she makes the important point that understanding the form and function of early black political activism requires careful consideration of African American social institutions, particularly Masonic orders. In addition, she draws much needed attention to the deeply rooted tradition of African American armed self-defense.
While the middle-class masonic orders discretely conducted private dress-up and dinner parties, working-class lodges preferred to publicly display their ornate drill uniforms and paraphernalia, and by implication, their consumer prowess itself.