Published by
MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986
Created by
Patrick, C. Melvin, American, died 1985
Subject of
New York Giants, American, founded 1925
National Pan-Hellenic Council, American, founded 1930
Prince Hall Freemasonry, founded 1784
Dr. Bunche, Ralph, American, 1903 - 1971
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, American, founded 1957
National Newspaper Publishers Association, American, founded 1827
Powell, Adam Clayton Jr., American, 1908 - 1972
National Black Political Convention, 1971 - 1972
Westbrook, Logan H., American
Wilkins, Roy, American, 1901 - 1981
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909
Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1937
Tufts University, American, founded 1852
Democratic Party, American, founded 1828
National Insurance Association, American, founded 1921
National Urban League, American, founded 1910
National Council of Negro Women, founded 1935
Republican Party, American, founded 1854
American Bridge Association, American, founded 1932
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, American, founded 1920
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, American, founded 1914
The Drifters, Inc., American, founded 1957
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., founded 1922
Austin, Patti, American, born 1950
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc., American, founded 1924
National Dental Association, American, founded 1913
Brown, George Leslie, American, 1926 - 2006
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, founded 1908
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906
Brown, Otha N. Jr., American, 1931 - 2009
Shriners International, American, founded 1870
Dixon, Gladys W., American, born 1901
Daughters of Isis, American, founded 1910
National Medical Association, American, founded 1895
National United Church Ushers Association of America, Inc., American, founded 1919
Chisholm, Shirley Anita, American, 1924 - 2005
National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees, American, founded 1913
369th Veterans Association, American
Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World, American, founded 1898
Created by
Hall, Amos T., American, 1896 - 1971
ink on paper
H x W x D: 11 × 8 7/16 × 3/8 in. (28 × 21.5 × 0.9 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.
This 1972 issue focuses on the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana.
A 1972 issue of Delegate magazine published by MelPat Associates. The cover of the magazine shows a collage of black and white photographic portraits of men and women printed against a blue tinted band on the top third, a white band in the middle, and a red tinted band on the bottom third. There is an image of four (4) buttons in the top left that read [DELEGATE / 1972]. The buttons are black, green, and/or red with white text. White text in a black box at the bottom right reads [PLEASE TURN TO PAGES DEVOTED TO YOUR CONVENTION].
The magazine’s content opens with an article titled “365 Days of Black Politics or the Awakening of a Black Giant,” about the Black Convention held in Gary, Indiana and the organization of the Black Assembly. There is also a masthead reading [DELEGATE 1972 / The Anthology and Voice of the Black Convention] and a table of contents.
The content continues with articles and profiles of African American business organizations, business leaders, community organizations, sororities, fraternities, doctors, dentists, actors, journalists and politicians. This includes the New York Giants, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Prince Hall Masons, Dr. Ralph Bunche, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Newspaper Publishers Association, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., National Black Political Convention, Logan H. Westbrook, Roy Wilkins, NAACP, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Tufts University, the Democratic Party and the Republic Party, National Insurance Association, National Urban League, National Council of Negro Women, American Bridge Association, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, The Drifters, Inc., The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Patti Austin, National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, National Dental Association, George Leslie Brown, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Otha N. Brown, Jr., the Shriners, Gladys W. Dixon, Daughters of Isis, National Medical Association, National United Church Ushers Association of America, Shirley Chisholm, National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees, 369th Veterans Association, IBPOEW, and Amos T. Hall. There are also short profiles on African American politicians in New York, Miami, Detroit, California, Colorado, Connecticut, St. Louis and Atlanta as well as a feature on Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.
There are approximately 220 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 Label scotch.
Place made
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Miami, Dade County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States, North and Central America
California, United States, North and Central America
Colorado, United States, North and Central America
Connecticut, United States, North and Central America
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
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
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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