Published by
MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986
Created by
Patrick, C. Melvin, American, died 1985
Subject of
Drew, Charles Richard, American, 1904 - 1950
President Johnson, Lyndon Baines, American, 1908 - 1973
Wilkins, Roy, American, 1901 - 1981
National Pan-Hellenic Council, American, founded 1930
Humphrey, Hubert Horatio Jr., American, 1911 - 1978
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
Dr. Mays, Benjamin Elijah, American, 1894 - 1984
Ebenezer Baptist Church, American, founded 1886
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, American, founded 1957
Sen. Brooke, Edward, American, born 1919
Tydings, Joseph Davies, American, 1928 - 2018
Pierce, Lawrence Warren, American, born 1924
Baker, Bertram L., American, 1898 - 1985
Morse, Wayne L., American, 1900 - 1974
Belafonte, Harry Jr., American, 1927 - 2023
King, Coretta Scott, American, 1927 - 2006
Rev. Abernathy, Ralph David, American, 1926 - 1990
Parks, Gordon, American, 1912 - 2006
Morehouse College, American, founded 1867
Sutton, Percy Ellis, American, 1920 - 2009
Rustin, Bayard, American, 1912 - 1987
Eugene Nickerson, American, 1918 - 2002
Farbstein, Leonard, American, 1902 - 1993
Senator Kennedy, Robert F., American, 1925 - 1968
The Girl Friends, Inc., American, founded 1927
McKissick, Floyd, American, 1922 - 1991
Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, American, founded 1963
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909
National Urban League, American, founded 1910
Perry, Harold Robert, American, 1916 - 1991
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, American, founded 1920
National Newspaper Publishers Association, American, founded 1827
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911
International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of the Eastern Star, American, founded 1950
Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World, American, founded 1898
New York Jets, American, founded 1960
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., founded 1919
National Medical Association, American, founded 1895
National Dental Association, American, founded 1913
Murray, Joan
Schuyler, Philippa, American, 1931 - 1967
Gordy, Berry Jr., American, born 1929
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906
Shriners International, American, founded 1870
Sen. Brooke, Edward, American, born 1919
Poitier, Sidney, Bahamian American, 1927 - 2022
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911
Kaiser, Inez Yeargan, American, 1918 - 2016
Bailey, Pearl, American, 1918 - 1990
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, founded 1908
National Council of Negro Women, founded 1935
Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1937
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc., American, founded 1924
Mangum, Robert J., American, 1920 - 2014
369th Veterans Association, American
National Association of Market Developers, American, founded 1953
ink on paper
H x W x D: 12 × 8 7/8 × 3/16 in. (30.5 × 22.5 × 0.5 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 1968 issue of Delegate magazine published by MelPat Associates. The cover of the magazine is white and a yellow ribbon, blue ribbon and a pink ribbon at center. Each of the ribbons has the word [DELEGATE] at center. The inside of the magazine contains black and white photographs, articles and advertisements as well as profiles of prominent people within the African American community.
The magazines content begins with a memorial editorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. And Robert F. Kennedy. It continues with an article titled [Black Power Marketing to Negro Consumers]. The article includes images of President Johnson, Vice President Humphrey and members of the presidential commission to investigate city riots. The publication continues with several pages of photographs Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral. People identified in captions for the photographs are Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, Senator Edward Brooke, Senator Joseph Tydings, Lawrence Pierce, Wayne Morse, Bertram Baker, Senator Edward Brooke, Harry Belafonte Jr., Gordon Parks, Coretta Scott King, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Percy Ellis Sutton, Bayard Rustin, Benjamin Wright, Eugene Nickerson and Leonard Farbstein. Following this is a double page image of Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral procession.
Throughout the magazine are portraits, profiles, and short articles about business organizations such as the Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, the National Association of Market Developers, National Association of Negro Musicians and the National Dental Association as well as fraternity and sorority events for Omega Psi Phi, Kapa Alpha Psi, and Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Lamda Kappa Mu, and articles on events such as the National Conference of the Urban League, International Conference of Grand Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Convention of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
There are also profiles on musicians performing at the Lincoln Center, Morehouse College, the Democratic Party, debutant balls, the New York Giants, 369th Veterans Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council and notable African American business leaders, labor leaders, community leaders, political leaders, doctors, nurses, artists, and activists from across the United States but primarily in New York City.
There are approximately 154 pages. The magazine contains both black and white and color advertisements. The back cover has an advertisement for Johnnie Walker Red scotch.
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Transcription Available
Place made
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
magazines (periodicals)
Associations and institutions
Black Press
Fraternal organizations
Funeral customs and rites
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Mass media
Political organizations
Professional organizations
U.S. History, 1961-1969
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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