The 1985 20th Anniversary issue of Delegate magazine published by MelPat Associates. The cover has a white background featuring a grid of twenty-eight (28) portrait photographs. Under each photograph the name of the man or woman pictured is printed in red. At the upper left of the cover is a red ribbon badge with white text on a black background. It reads . To the right of the ribbon is [DELEGATE] in decorative blue & white block lettering with [20th ANNIVERSARY] printed underneath in red. Red text in the lower right corner reads [WASHINGTON / The Seat of / Government / & Education / 1900-1985 / Page 359]. The spine of the magazine is white with blue text that reads [DELEGATE, 1985 - The 9th Year of the 3rd Century].
The magazine’s content opens with an untitled editorial note recounting the events since the first issue of Delegate was published in 1965. This is followed by a masthead, set in white text against a black background reading [DELEGATE, 1983], and a table of contents.
The content then continues with profiles of African American business organizations, business leaders, events, community organizations, sororities, fraternities, doctors, dentists, politicians, actors, and journalists. This includes the NAACP, National Urban League, Bottle and Cork Club, Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Black Achievers in Industry, The Northeasterners, National Association of Black Women Attorneys, The Beaux Arts Ball, Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, National Urban Affairs Council, Raymond A. Jordan Jr, Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner, National Association of Market Developers, Somerset Importers, Northside Center for Child Development, John Hunter Camp Fund, National Newspaper Publishers Association, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, National Association of Urban Bankers, The Upward Fund, PHelps-Stokes Center for Human Development, Top Ladies of Distinction, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Carats, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, National United Church Ushers Association, National Women of Achievement, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, National Medical Association, Leslie Alexander, Smithsonian Institution, Chesebrough-Ponds, Ciba-Geigy, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa, Tuskegee Airmen, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Phi Beta Sigma, Morehouse School of Medicine, Equitable’s 12th Black Achievement Recognition Dinner, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine, Kool City Jam Concert, Harlem Day Parade, Charles Buchanan, John Connors, George Meares Memorial Scholarship Fund, Dr. Benjamin Mays, Count Basie, Communications Excellence to Black Audiences, 100 Black Women, East Harlem Triangles Association, National Association for Sickle Cell Disease, National Bankers Association, 369th Veterans Association, The Edges Group, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, American Wheelchair Association, National Association of Media Women, One Hundred Black Men, Associated Black Charities, E.P.C. International Inc. Evening of Elegance, The Nor-Jer-Men, Epsilon Sigma Chapter, Epsilon Beta Sigma Chapter, and Comus Social Club. There are also several wedding announcements and a feature on Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. The issue ends with an extended feature story on Washington, DC.
There are approximately 480 pages with black and white photographs and advertisements throughout, as well as a few advertisements in color. The back cover of the magazine features a full page advertisement for Kool cigarettes.