Published by
MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986
Created by
Patrick, C. Melvin, American, died 1985
Subject of
Schoener, Allon, American
Metropolitan Museum of Art, American, founded 1870
Hoving, Thomas, American, 1931 - 2009
Van Ellison, Candice, American
Chisholm, Shirley Anita, American, 1924 - 2005
Motley, Constance Baker, American, 1921 - 2005
Sutton, Percy Ellis, American, 1920 - 2009
Mays, Willie Howard Jr., American, born 1931
Ali, Muhammad, American, 1942 - 2016
Powell, Adam Clayton Jr., American, 1908 - 1972
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
Olive, Milton Lee III, American, 1946 - 1965
National Pan-Hellenic Council, American, founded 1930
St. Jacques, Raymond, American, 1930 - 1990
National Newspaper Publishers Association, American, founded 1827
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909
Freemasonry, American, founded 1730
National Urban League, American, founded 1910
Price, Leontyne, American, born 1927
American Bridge Association, American, founded 1932
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc., American, founded 1924
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., founded 1922
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, American, founded 1913
New York Giants, American, founded 1925
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, American, founded 1914
National Medical Association, American, founded 1895
Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World, American, founded 1898
National Dental Association, American, founded 1913
Shriners International, American, founded 1870
Daughters of Isis, American, founded 1910
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906
Carroll, Diahann, American, 1935 - 2019
Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1937
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935
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 1969 issue of Delegate magazine published by MelPat Associates. The cover of the magazine features yellow, blue, and pink ruffled round ribbon badges against a plain white background. Each badge has a different colored center with [DELEGATE] across it. Surrounding the badges is [1969] printed in pink and repeated three times. On the first page is an editorial note with text that begins:
[DELEGATE is published by MELPAT ASSOCIATES as a good well venture on behalf of its advertisers for the benefit of the organizations highlighted and for the information of our readers.
DELEGATE is a semi-in depth presentation of biographical material and pictures of persons and organizations in the Negro community who by their actions and capabilities are contributing to the advancement of the Negro communities in cities throughout the United States and by these contributions are advancing the cultural, economic, educational, fraternal and civic as well as civil rights for Americans during these challenging sixties.]
The magazine opens with a long feature article by Allan Schoener, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit, “Harlem On My Mind,” with photographs from the exhibition on the history and people of Harlem. Throughout are articles and profiles of African American business leaders and organizations including the National Newspaper Publishers Association, National Insurance Association, American Bridge Association, National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Federation of Masons of the World, National Medical Association, National Dental Association, National Dental Assistant’s Association, National Dental Hygienists Association, and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. There are also profiles and articles about community leaders, organizations, and events such as the NAACP 1969 National Convention, Morehouse College, including alumni Julian Bond and Martin Luther King, Jr., Prince Hall Lodge, National Urban League, the National Pan-Hellenic Corporation, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 70th Elks Grand Lodge Convention, Daughters of Isis and the Imperial Council of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Also included are mentions of performers and artists Raymond St. Jacques, Leontyne Price, Richard Hunt, Diahanne Carroll and Sammy Davis, Jr. as well as an article on the community of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.
There are approximately 150 pages with black and white photographs and advertisements thorughout, as well as a few advertisements in color. The back cover of the magazine features a full page advertisement for Johnny Walker Red scotch.
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
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
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, 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
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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