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MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986  Search this
Created by:
C. Melvin Patrick, American, died 1985  Search this
National Association of Market Developers, American, founded 1953  Search this
Subject of:
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, American, founded 1969  Search this
National Urban Affairs Council, American, founded 1971  Search this
Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, American, founded 1963  Search this
Prince Hall Freemasonry, founded 1784  Search this
Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1913  Search this
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., American, founded 1964  Search this
Continental Societies, Inc., American, founded 1956  Search this
Rose Morgan, American, 1912 - 2008  Search this
William Otis Walker, American, 1896 - 1981  Search this
National Newspaper Publishers Association, American, founded 1827  Search this
African Methodist Episcopal Church, American, founded 1816  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1937  Search this
The Links, Incorporated, American, founded 1946  Search this
National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., American, founded 1969  Search this
Carats, Inc., American, founded 1959  Search this
People United to Save Humanity, American, founded 1971  Search this
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, founded 1908  Search this
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1932  Search this
National United Church Ushers Association of America, Inc., American, founded 1919  Search this
National Pharmaceutical Association, American, founded 1947  Search this
National Medical Association, American, founded 1895  Search this
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., founded 1922  Search this
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, American, founded 1920  Search this
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906  Search this
Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1943  Search this
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935  Search this
National Urban League, American, founded 1910  Search this
National Association of University Women, American, founded 1910  Search this
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911  Search this
Shriners International, American, founded 1870  Search this
Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World, American, founded 1898  Search this
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1929  Search this
Vernon Jordan, American, born 1935  Search this
National Business League, American, founded 1900  Search this
Congressional Black Caucus, American, founded 1971  Search this
Arthur Ashe Jr., American, 1943 - 1993  Search this
National Bankers Association, American, founded 1927  Search this
National Bar Association, American, founded 1925  Search this
369th Veterans Association, American  Search this
Percy Ellis Sutton, American, 1920 - 2009  Search this
Morehouse College, American, founded 1867  Search this
Joe Louis, American, 1914 - 1981  Search this
Clarence D. King, American, 1888 - 1981  Search this
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, American, founded 1914  Search this
National Black Veterans Association, American, founded 1974  Search this
ink on paper
H x W x D: 10 13/16 × 8 7/16 × 1/2 in. (27.5 × 21.4 × 1.3 cm)
magazines (periodicals)
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
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 1982 issue of Delegate magazine published by MelPat Associates. The cover of the magazine features a green ribbon that reads [1982 / DELEGATE] against a grid of black and white portrait photographs. The top two (2) and bottom two (2) rows of photographs are tinted red. 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, 1982 - The 6th Year of the 3rd Century].
The magazine’s content opens with an untitled editorial note criticizing policies of the Reagan administration. There is also a masthead, set in white text against a black background reading [DELEGATE, 1982], followed by a table of contents.
The content then continues with an article titled “The High Cost of Civil Rights” by Benjamin Hooks and an article titled “The State of Black America 1982” by Vernon Jordan. This is followed 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, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, National Urban Affairs Council, Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Chesebrough Pond, ITT Continental Baking Company, Ciba-Geigy, Moving Up Awards Dinner, 7 Up, Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner, Bottle & Cork Club, National Association of Market Developers, Beaux Arts Ball, John Hunter Camp Fund, Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Top Ladies of Distinction, Continental Societies, Inc., Rose Morgan, William O. Walker, National Newspaper Publishers Association, A.M.E. Zion Church, NAACP, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, The Links, National Association of Black Accountants, Carats, Operation Push, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, National United Church Ushers Association, National Pharmaceutical Association, National Medical Association, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Phi Alph Fraternity, Eta Phi Beta Sorority, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, National Urban League, National Association of University Women, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, I.B.P.O.E. of W., Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Vernon Jordan, National Business League, National Black Veterans Organization, Somerset Importers, Congressional Black Caucus, Tuskegee Airmen, Isyaku Ibrahim, National Association of Media Women, Arthur Ashe, National Bankers Association, The Edges Group, National Bar Association, Harlem Commonwealth Council Foundation, 369th Veteran’s Association, Percy Sutton, 100 Black Women, Morehouse College, Communications Excellence to Black Audiences, Clarence D. King, Joe Louis, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and Women’s Association of Allied Beverage Industries. There are also short features on black movies, black Broadway, Oak Bluffs, and a special feature titled “I Remember Harlem.”
There are approximately 465 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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African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
African Methodist Episcopal  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Business  Search this
Communities  Search this
Film  Search this
Fraternal organizations  Search this
Fraternities  Search this
Government  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Journalism  Search this
Labor  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Men  Search this
Methodist  Search this
Political organizations  Search this
Politics  Search this
Professional organizations  Search this
Religion  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Sororities  Search this
The Black Church  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Women  Search this
Women's organizations  Search this
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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Public domain
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