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Breaking Barriers: How João Candido & Prince Hall's Struggles for Equality Resonate in Brazil

João Cândido is known for his involvement in the fight against racism in Brazil. After the Revolt of the Lash, João Cândido became a symbol of resistance against racism and discrimination in Brazil.

He was a Black man in a country where racism and discrimination against Black people were pervasive. He and other Black sailors were often subjected to even harsher treatment than their White counterparts in the Navy. João Cândido's leadership in the revolt against corporal punishment was seen as a direct challenge to the racist practices of the Brazilian Navy.

In addition to his role in the Revolt of the Lash, João Cândido spoke out against racism and discrimination throughout his life. He was an active member of the Black Movement in Brazil and advocated for the rights and recognition of Black people in Brazilian society.

João Cândido's legacy as a leader in the fight against racism and discrimination in Brazil has been recognized by many. In 2012, he was posthumously awarded the Order of Merit of Naval Merit by the Brazilian Navy, and in 2020, a statue of him was erected in Rio de Janeiro in honor of his contributions to Brazilian history.

On August 20, 2022, and Freemason’s Day in Brazil, Prince Hall Grand Lodge of São Paulo was established, creating a direct line of lineage to African Lodge #459 through the Most Worshipful National Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Ancient York Rite Masons, Prince Hall Origin, National Compact.

The three lodges that made up Prince Hall Grand Lodge of São Paulo were: João Candido Lodge #1, Benedito Santos Lodge #2, and Luiz Gama Lodge #3.

Prince Hall was a prominent Black abolitionist in the late 18th and early 19th centuries who founded the first lodge of Black Freemasonry in the United States. Hall and other Black individuals were not allowed to join existing lodges, so he established his own in Boston in 1775. This became the first lodge of what is now known as the Prince Hall Masonic Order, which has since spread throughout the United States and worldwide.

In conclusion, João Cândido's fight against racism in Brazil and Prince Hall's story of Black Freemasonry share commonalities in their fight for racial justice and equality. Both men faced significant obstacles in their quest for equality, but their unwavering determination and courage impacted their communities.

João Cândido, through his leadership in the Naval Revolt of 1910, became a symbol of resistance against the discrimination that Black Brazilians faced in the military and society as a whole. Similarly, Prince Hall's establishment of Black Freemasonry provided a safe space for Black individuals to assemble and support one another when social exclusion and marginalization were rampant.

While their actions took place in different times and contexts, João Cândido and Prince Hall exemplify the power of collective action in the face of oppression. Their stories serve as a reminder that the struggle for racial justice is an ongoing fight that requires the courage and determination of individuals to speak out against racism and demand equality for all.

In today's world, where systemic racism continues to persist in many societies, the legacies of João Cândido and Prince Hall are more critical than ever. As we strive for a more just and equitable world, their stories inspire us to stand up for what is right and fight against discrimination and prejudice in all its forms.


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