Published by
MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986
Created by
Patrick, C. Melvin, American, died 1985
Subject of
United Negro College Fund, American, founded 1944
Williams, Billy Dee, American, born 1937
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, American, founded 1969
National Urban Affairs Council, American, founded 1971
National Association of Market Developers, American, founded 1953
Prince Hall Freemasonry, founded 1784
Opportunities Industrialization Center of America, Inc., American, founded 1964
Washington, Harold, American, 1922 - 1987
National Newspaper Publishers Association, American, founded 1827
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., American, founded 1964
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909
Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1937
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1929
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
Morehouse College, American, founded 1867
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906
Carats, Inc., American, founded 1959
National Bar Association, American, founded 1925
National Urban League, American, founded 1910
African Methodist Episcopal Church, American, founded 1816
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935
Shriners International, American, founded 1870
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, American, founded 1913
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911
National Pharmaceutical Association, American, founded 1947
National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., American, founded 1923
One Hundred Black Men, Inc., American, founded 1963
Ashe, Arthur Jr., American, 1943 - 1993
Association for the Study of African American Life and History, American, founded 1915
People United to Save Humanity, American, founded 1971
369th Veterans Association, American
Blake, Eubie, American, 1887 - 1983
Dance Theatre of Harlem, American, founded 1969
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, American, founded 1981
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 1983 issue of Delegate magazine published by MelPat Associates. The cover of the magazine features a blue ribbon badge that reads [1983 / DELEGATE] against a grid of black and white portrait photographs. The top two (2) and bottom two (2) rows of photographs are tinted a bright yellow. 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, 1983 - The 7th Year of the 3rd Century].
The magazine’s content opens with a masthead, set in white text against a black background reading [DELEGATE, 1983], and a table of contents, followed by an untitled editorial note recounting political wins and losses over the last year, including the election of Harold Washington as Mayor of the city of Chicago.
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 Jackie Robinson Awards Dinner, United Negro College Fund, Billy Dee Williams and Eugene McCabe, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, National Urban Affairs Council, National Association of Market Developers, Bottle and Cork Club, ITT Continental Baking Company, Ciba-Geigy, Chesebrough-Pond, John Hunter Camp Fund, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, Harold Washington, National Newspaper Publishers Association, Top Ladies of Distinction, NAACP, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, National Medical Association, National United Church Ushers Association, Morehouse College, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Carats, National Bar Association, National Urban League, A.M.E. Zion Church, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Dawson Art Guild Annual Memorial Concert, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, National Pharmaceutical Association, Phi Delta Kappa, One Hundred Black Men, Chums, Inc., Association of National and Regional Convention Planners, Benjamin Ashburn, Olive Bowles, Edgar Dale golf tournament, Arthur Ashe, Congressional Black Caucus, Bishop Emerson J. Moore, 369th Veterans’ Association, Black Broadway, Eubie Blake, Dance Theatre of Harlem, National Black Nurses Association, The Edges Group, 100 Black Women, Communications Excellence to Black Audiences, Push, Inc., The Secret Friends, Harlem Commonwealth Council, The Moles, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, The Council of Concerned Black Executives, WAABI, Beaux Arts Ball, Dr. Herby Cave. There are also several obituaries and wedding announcements, as well as short features on Oak Bluffs, Houston, and the Bahamas. The issue concludes with a special feature titled “Atlanta 1926 to Present.”
There are approximately 479 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
Martha's Vineyard, Oak Bluffs, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Bahamas, Caribbean, North and Central America
Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States, North and Central America
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
magazines (periodicals)
African Methodist Episcopal
Associations and institutions
Black Press
Fraternal organizations
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Mass media
Political organizations
Professional organizations
Social life and customs
The Black Church
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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