Published by
MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986
Created by
Patrick, C. Melvin, American, died 1985
Subject of
WLIB, American, founded 1941
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, American, founded 1969
American Bridge Association, American, founded 1932
National Association of Black Social Workers, American, founded 1968
Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, American, founded 1963
One Hundred Black Men, Inc., American, founded 1963
National Association of Market Developers, American, founded 1953
Vulcan Society, American, founded 1940
National Urban League, American, founded 1910
Opportunities Industrialization Center of America, Inc., American, founded 1964
Prince Hall Freemasonry, founded 1784
National Urban Coalition, American, founded 1967
National Newspaper Publishers Association, American, founded 1827
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., American, founded 1964
The Links, Incorporated, American, founded 1946
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909
Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1937
Carats, Inc., American, founded 1959
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1932
National Medical Association, American, founded 1895
National United Church Ushers Association of America, Inc., American, founded 1919
Jordan, Vernon, American, born 1935
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, American, founded 1914
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, American, founded 1920
National Dental Association, American, founded 1913
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc., American, founded 1924
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, American, founded 1913
Connectional Lay Council, American, founded 1948
Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1913
Shriners International, American, founded 1870
Daughters of Isis, American, founded 1910
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1929
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935
Congressional Black Caucus, American, founded 1971
Morehouse Alumni Association, American, founded 1900
Morris Brown College, American, founded 1881
Dr. Bunche, Ralph, American, 1903 - 1971
Hampton, Lionel, American, 1908 - 2002
National Urban League Guild, American, founded 1946
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), International, founded 1844
Alliance for Women in Media, American, founded 1951
Holmes Norton, Eleanor, American, born 1937
Jordan, Vernon, American, born 1935
ink on paper
H x W x D: 10 13/16 × 8 7/16 × 1/2 in. (27.5 × 21.4 × 1.3 cm)
Founded by Pittsburgh Courier journalist C. Melvin Patrick, each yearly-issue of Delegate contains hundreds of photographs providing coverage of African American professional and fraternal organizations, special events, award recognitions, individuals of note, and newsworthy situations. The magazine was a virtual year in review of African American life in the United States during the 1960s and 1980s. Delegate magazines were distributed free of charge by African American organizations at their conferences and meetings.
A 1981 issue of Delegate magazine published by MelPat Associates. The cover of the magazine features a green ribbon badge that reads [1981 / DELEGATE] against a grid of black and white photographic portraits. Thirty-two (32) men and women are pictured, with the last name of everyone printed under his or her picture in black. The spine of the magazine is white with black text that reads [DELEGATE, 1981 - The 5th Year of the 3rd Century].
The magazine’s content opens with an untitled editorial note recounting events of the past year, including the election of Ronald Reagan and the rise of crime and resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan There is also a masthead, set in white text against a black background reading [DELEGATE, 1981], followed by a table of contents.
The content then continues with profiles of African American business organizations, business leaders, community organizations, sororities, fraternities, doctors, dentists, politicians, actors, and journalists. This includes WBLS, Kobrand Corporation, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, American Bridge Association, Inc., National Association of Black Social Workers, Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, 100 Black Women and 100 Black Men, National Association of Market Developers, Vulcan Society Inc., New York Association of Black Educators, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Opportunities Industrialization Centers of American, Bottle & Cork Sales Club, John Hunter Camp Fund, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Chesebrough-Pond, ITT Continental Baking Co, Ciba-Geigy, 7 Up, National Urban Affairs Council, National Epicureans, National Newspaper Publishers Association, Top Ladies of Distinction, Black Music Association, The Links, Inc., NAACP, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Carats, Inc., Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine, Daughters of Isis, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Gil Noble, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Black Caucus, Congressman Charles Rangel, Arthur Ashe, Charles E. Wright, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, Ralph J. Bunche, Lionel Hampton, Jackie Robinson Awards Dinner, Whitney M Young Football Classic, Beaux Arts Ball, Livingston S. Francis, Teixeira, Camp Atwater, The Squires, Harlem Commonwealth Council, National Association of Media Women, 369th Veterans’s Association, The Edges Group, Thurman Munson Award Dinner, and Boggs Academy. There are also features about Atlanta and Oak Bluffs.
There are approximately 352 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.
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Place made
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Martha's Vineyard, Oak Bluffs, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
magazines (periodicals)
Associations and institutions
Black Press
Fraternal organizations
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Mass media
Political organizations
Professional organizations
Social life and customs
U.S. History, 1969-2001
Urban life
Women's organizations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Anne B. Patrick and the family of Hilda E. Stokely
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Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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