Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7, along with the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, participated in the 39th MLK Day Parade on Monday, January 20, 2020. The starting point will be Anacostia Park and the ending point is St. Elizabeth campus.

The D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade was conceived in 1977 by the late Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, founder of The Washington Informer and co-founder of the United Black Fund, along with his wife, the late Ward 8 Councilmember Wilhelmina J. Rolark, Esq., and the late Ralph “Petey” Greene, a community activist and radio personality. Thanks to these three renowned civic leaders, the District of Columbia was one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to hold a parade honoring Dr. King following his untimely death on April 4, 1968. It helped in the effort to establish a national holiday in Dr. King’s honor and today it reinforces the work being done by government agencies, community non-profit organizations and private citizens to promote peace and non-violence locally and around the world.

The parade began in 1979, six years before Kings’s birthday became a federal holiday. Across the nation and the world, Dr. King’s life and legacy is commemorated by a day of service and promoted as “A Day On and Not a Day Off”. The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade symbolizes the need to continue Dr. King’s work and reinforces the idea reflected in his words, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” Those who believe in Dr. King’s message are considered members of the Coalition for Peace and are invited to join the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parade every year.

WM Matthew Williams presenting Wor. James Morgan, III with certificates of appreciation.

Worshipful James Morgan, III did an outstanding job in providing the Craft information on the Origin of Prince Hall Origin. You can view the entire lecture below

Congrats to Worshipful Master Matthew Williams on being awarded the Senior Warden of the Year Award for the 2019 Masonic Year. Also a big congrats to PM William Thompson and PM Ramon Washington for their Superior Service Awards.

In the spirit of charity this Thanksgiving holiday, Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7 had the opportunity to provide 30 Turkey Baskets to needy families for the the US Dream Academy, assisted the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of DC provide meals for more than 300 DC Seniors, 8 Turkey Baskets to families at Rehoboth Baptist Church in SE DC, 8 Turkey Baskets to families at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in SE DC, and donated over 100 can goods along with helping the Dunn Foundation pass out Turkey Dinners to more than 500 families.

On Saturday, August 10, we held our annual family and friends cookout at Allen Pond Park. With over 200 attendees, we collected back to school supplies that will benefit ‘The Dunn Foundation’ and ‘Rehoboth Baptist Church’. We also gave scholarship checks to support two recent DC area high school graduates with college tuition.

Special thanks to MWGM Quincy G. Gant, GL Officers, the WM, WP, and faithful sister’s from Martha Chapter #11, and all brothers and sisters from the jurisdiction who attended.

Look forward to seeing you next year, same time, same place.

On April 21st, Easter Sunday, Widow’s Son #7 supported the LOVE AME Church in it’s “Kids Easter Egg Hunt After Service.” We donated 100+ eggs filled with candy contributing to the excitement and smiles of 50+ kids. Pastor Kris Natesan (pictured) thanks the brothers of WS7 for their continued support.

On Tuesday, March 19, WM James Jordan continued WS7’s support of the DC ReEnagement Center. This relationship was formed by Junior Past Master Charles Nelson in 2017. WM Jordan presented 50 brand new back packs and $200 in gift cards.  The DC ReEngagement Center (REC) is a “single door” through which youth ages 16-24 who have dropped out of secondary school can reconnect to educational options and other critical services to support their attainment of a high school diploma or GED.  Pictured, PM William Thompson, WM James Jordan, Ebony Todd (REC), PM Hasaan Ashaheed, and JD Lamont Brown.

Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7 assisting the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia in the annual Central Union Mission Men’s Day of Service. From 9am-11am brothers helped with the shelter upkeep. Afterward lunch was served to those who live at the shelter.

Our very own Bro. Aaron Loggins performed during Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII performance. Bro. Loggins performed in sign language w/ artists Chloe and Halle on ‘America the Beautiful’. He then performed with Gladys Knight during singing of our national anthem.

Bro. Loggins did an outstanding job and truly represented MWPHGL and Widow’s Son #7.