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[[caption]] "Grady," TV star of the Sanford and Son TV series, Grady, a PH Mason and a PH Shriner, has been attending PH shrine conventions in convention cities for several years. [[/caption]]

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[[caption]] Noble Eugene Dickerson, Jr.
Deputy Imp. Potentate
Washington, D.C. [[/caption]] 

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[[caption]] Charlie W. Hale
Imp. Convention Dir.
Cleveland, Ohio [[/caption]]

Delegates and officers, along with members of their immediates families, relatives and friends from some 350 Prince Hall shrine temples, court, and clubs all over the world, will be represented at the 85th annual imperial council session and the 67th annual meeting of the imperial court, Daughters of Isis, when the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its jurisdiction, incorporated, Prince Hall Shriners meets in this city on August 20-26, 1978.


A spokesman for the black fraternal group said recently that pre-registration and hotels confirmation figures indicate that more than 30,000 persons will attend the week-long meetings. The spokesman also indicated that the PH masonic delegation will spend more than $10,000,000 during the seven-day stay.

Delegates and guests to the annual session will come from cities and towns all over the world. In addition to the USA and North and South America, they will be present from the Bahama Islands, Canada, England, France, Far East, West Germany, Japan, Korea, Nassau and Okinana.

Official hosts and hostesses for the meet here in KC will be the elected and appointed officers of Allah Temple 6 and Allah Court 6.  The officers in these two PH masonic bodies are already predicting that this annual convention will be one of the best and largest attended meetings ever held within recent years.

One of the reasons advanced for this optimistic outlook is that convention city is traditionally a great place to be and it is filled with historical sights and places.  This city has the type of entertainment and offerings that's always pleasing to delegates, their families and friends.

In this connection, the Imperial Council of Shriners and the Imperial Court, Daughters of Isis, have formulated a program of activities to keep everyone busy during their week-long stay. Highlights of the Sunday's program will include a morning worship religious service at 11 a.m., a public day program in the afternoon, and the memorial service in honor of deceased nobles and daughters in the evening. Also scheduled for Sunday is the Imperial Court parade of stars and its fashionable Egyptian Tea.

Other activities and programs will include the annual musical festival, the Roscoe C. Washington student-aid banquet; the imperial potentate's ball; the PH shrine talent and scholarship pageant program and contest; a salute to famous Blacks of the past and present; and the annual grand parade through the heart of the downtown city.

Some 500 or more units and more than 5,000 persons will participate in the three-mile long—four hour parade. One of the prettiest attractions to be seen in the parade will be Miss Tanya L. Taylor of East Lansing, Michigan, the 1977-78 Shrine national queen. This lovely lady won the first place prize of a $2,500 educational scholarship in competition at Miami Beach, Fla. last year.

In an interview, the Imperial Potentate of the PH Shrine organization, worldwide, said that Miss Taylor and other youths in our nation are always well represented at our annual conventions. Program of activities, designed especially for them, will be held in KC. This fraternal order always project a strong effort in the involvement of young people in community life. A strong program of action is assisting local, state and national law enforcement agencies to eradicate youth crimes, delinquency and poverty from the streets of our cities and towns. This is a 12-month, around the clock program for PH shriners and Daughters of Isis members.

He further added that the nobles and daughters are unequalled by any other fraternal order in the world in terms of giving financial aid, benevolent and charity. In addition to donations in the billions of dollar made to charitable institutions and other worthwhile organizations and causes by local clubs, courts, and temples, Shriners and Daughters have contributed on a national level well over 3.8 millions in recent years to national charities, the PH shrine health and medical research foundation, and to colleges, universities, hospitals and other organizations for hospital and medical research.

They have also awarded financial grants and educational scholarships to young men and women, worldwide, in order for them to attend institutions of higher learning to further their formal education; given to prestigious organizations such as the UNCF, national NAACP, NAACP legal defense fund, health and medical research centers, and others to assist in developing programs of social action and in upgrading academic and scholastic achievements.

PH Shriners, called "Nobles," and members of the women's auxiliary, called "Daughters," are among the 40,000 members plus in the 350 PH shrine temples and courts all over the world. This group represents nearly 350,000 PH masons and women in appendant and adoptive rite bodies in the PH family of freemasonry, worldwide. To be a PH shriner you must first be a PH Mason. The organization accepts members without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin.

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[[caption]] Marshall S. Johnson, Pittsburgh, Penna., immediate past imperial potentate. [[/caption]]

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[[caption]] Van Wert Mullin
Past Pot., Persian Temple 47
Indianapolis, Ind. [[/caption]]

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[[caption]] Dr. L. L. Melton, imperial potentate, from Beaumont, Texas. [[/caption]]

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