H x W x D: 10 13/16 × 8 7/16 × 7/16 in. (27.5 × 21.4 × 1.1 cm)
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
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 1980 issue of Delegate magazine published by MelPat Associates. The cover of the magazine features a red ribbon that reads [1980 / DELEGATE] on a collage of black and white portrait photographs. The magazine has a white spine with black text that reads [DELEGATE 1980 - The 4th Year of the 3rd Century].
The magazine’s content opens with an untitled editorial note recounting events of the past year, including the presidential campaign and the death of A. Phillip Randolph. There is also a masthead, set in white text against a black background reading [DELEGATE, 1980], followed by a table of contents.
The content then continues including a feature on black Olympic athletes and an article titled, “Black Businesses Need Black Conventions.” This is followed by profiles of African American business organizations, business leaders, community organizations, sororities, fraternities, doctors, dentists, politicians, actors, and journalists. This includes American Association of Blacks in Energy, One Hundred Black Men, Jewell Jackson McCabe and 100 Black Women, National Association of Black Social Workers, Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, Boggs Academy, Jackie Robinson Awards Dinner, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, American Bridge Association, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, National Association of Market Developers, The Girl Friends, Gay Northeasterners Club, Bottle & Cork Club, Eureka Grand Chapter, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Sears, Roebuck, Morehouse College, John Hunter Camp Fund, Bob Douglas, Opportunities Industrialization Centers, National Newspaper Publishers Association, Pharmaceutical Association, Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Top Ladies of Distinction, Black Music Association, The Links, Inc., NAACP, National Urban League, Julius A. Thomas Society, National Medical Association, National Association of Negro Musicians, National Association of University Women, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine, Daughters of Isis, American Tennis Association, Inc., History of Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc., Democratic National Convention, CBS, A. Phillip Randolph, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Pope John Paul II, Oak Bluffs, Black Caucus, ABC, 369th Veterans Association, D. Parke Gibson, NBC, The Edges Groups, National Distillers, Dr. Benjamin Hooks, National Bankers Association, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life & History, William H. Toles, Patricia Roberts Harris, Arthur Ashe, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and the National Association of Media Women.
There are approximately 368 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.