I had no idea that Prince Hall masonry is considered the "Father of all" Greeks of: Alpha Phi Alpha Kappa Alpha Psi Omega Psi Phi Phi Beta Sigma And that the Order of the Eastern Stars(PHA) is considered the "Mother of all" Greeks of: Alpha Kappa Alpha Delta Sigma Theta Zeta Phi Beta Sigma Gamma Rho 95% of the founders of the Great 8 are Prince Hall Masons or Eastern stars. I had NO CLUE,until I got raised in to masonry a year agne of the Past Master's of my lodge was telling me about it,and I started to do research on it a little bit (I didnt research on stuff I shouldn't know). I know quite a few people that's A Phi A and Omega Psi Phi that are masons (alot of them in my lodge),and I know a couple AKA's that's OES.........everything started to make sense once I noticed that people ARE members of a Great 8 frat/soror and a Mason/Star,especially when I transfered from a community college in Michigan to TnSU this past fall.Alot of people say that Alpha and Omega are the CLOSEST two frats to masonry,and AKA is the closest to Eastern Star (dont take MY word on it...just something I heard numerous of times). It's amazing....and you start to "look" at things different if you're a mason or eastern star but not a member of one of the Great 8(like myself)....you can see the character within it all.I see things all the time that the great 4 frats do that came from masonry,and it's CRAZY! Does anybody know of any books or websites that talk about the comparison of Masonry and the Great 8? And how did you first "notice" the simmularities(sp.) about masonry/OES and the Great 8?