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ink on paper
H x W x D: 10 13/16 × 8 7/16 × 5/16 in. (27.5 × 21.4 × 0.8 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
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.