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H x W x D: 10 13/16 × 8 7/16 × 1/2 in. (27.5 × 21.4 × 1.3 cm)
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
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.