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MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986  Search this
Created by:
C. Melvin Patrick, American, died 1985  Search this
Subject of:
C. Melvin Patrick, American, died 1985  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
National Urban League, American, founded 1910  Search this
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, American, founded 1969  Search this
Howard University, American, founded 1867  Search this
Medgar Evers College, American, founded 1970  Search this
The Links, Incorporated, American, founded 1946  Search this
Morehouse College, American, founded 1867  Search this
369th Veterans Association, American  Search this
Prince Hall Freemasonry, founded 1784  Search this
National Association of Market Developers, American, founded 1953  Search this
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1932  Search this
Carats, Inc., American, founded 1959  Search this
National Medical Association, American, founded 1895  Search this
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, American, founded 1920  Search this
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1929  Search this
Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1913  Search this
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911  Search this
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., founded 1922  Search this
National Bar Association, American, founded 1925  Search this
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935  Search this
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911  Search this
Shriners International, American, founded 1870  Search this
Cora Walker, American, 1922 - 2006  Search this
Clara Hale, American, 1905 - 1992  Search this
Alice Kornegay, American, died 1996  Search this
One Hundred Black Men, Inc., American, founded 1963  Search this
Dorothy Pitman Hughes, American, born 1938  Search this
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc., American, founded 1924  Search this
ink on paper
H x W x D: 10 13/16 × 8 7/16 × 5/16 in. (27.5 × 21.4 × 0.8 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
A 1986 issue of Delegate magazine published by MelPat Associates. The cover features a grid of black and white portrait photographs against a bright yellow background. Twenty-eight (28) men and women are pictured; five (5) more appear obscured by the blue ribbon badge located at the top left. Text on the ribbon reads [1986 / DELEGATE]. Near the center is a photograph of C. Melvin Patrick, four times as large as the others. In the photograph, Patrick wears a dark colored hat and eyeglasses. He is holding a phone receiver to his proper left ear with his left hand and smiling at the camera. Black text to the right of Patrick's image reads [IN MEMORIAM / 1914 / Welcome / and / Farewell / 1985 / C. Melvin Patrick]. In the lower right corner is an illustration of a single hat and a camera with a strap hanging on a coat rack. The spine of the magazine is white with black text that reads [DELEGATE, 1986 - The 10th Year of the 3rd Century].
The magazine’s content opens with the message [This Issue Is Dedicated To C. Melvin Patrick] and an obituary of Patrick written by Cathy Connors. This is followed by a masthead, set in white text against a black background reading [DELEGATE, 1986], and a table of contents.
There is then an article titled “Black History in the Making in the Corporate World,” a calendar of the year’s conventions, and an article titled “Mel Patrick’s Harlem.” The content then continues with profiles of African American business organizations, business leaders, events, community organizations, sororities, fraternities, doctors, dentists, politicians, actors, and journalists. This includes the NAACP, National Urban League, N.Y.S. Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Valentine Party, Jesse Owens International Trophy Award, Howard University, Medgar Evers College, The Links, Inc., Beaux Arts Ball, Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner, Morehouse School of Medicine, 369th Veteran’s Association, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, John Hunter Camp Fund, National Association of Market Developers, Top Ladies of Distinction, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Carats, Circle-Lets, Ourmen, National Medical Association, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, National Bar Association, National Association of Negro and Professional Women’s Club, Harlem Day Parade, Marathon Runners, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Oak Bluffs Tennis Club, Cora Walker, Mother Hale House, The Winfield Foundation, Alice Kornegay, Communications Excellence to Black Audiences, The Edges Group, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Congressional Black Caucus, Associated Black Charities, American Cancer Society, 100 Black Men, Inc., Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, National Funeral Directors and Morticians, Comus Social Club, E.P.C. International, Inc. The issue concludes with an extended tribute to C. Melvin Patrick and the history of the magazine.
There are approximately 288 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 Benson and Hedges cigarettes.
Transcription Center Status:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Business  Search this
Communities  Search this
Fraternal organizations  Search this
Fraternities  Search this
Funeral customs and rites  Search this
Government  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Journalism  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Men  Search this
Political organizations  Search this
Politics  Search this
Professional organizations  Search this
Religion  Search this
Sororities  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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Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture