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Delegate Magazine 1983

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. Published by MelPat Associates, Delegate magazines were distributed free of charge by African American organizations at their conferences and meetings. Help us transcribe this issue to make the names, places, and events discoverable to all.

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Directory 1914: Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

The Bethel Baptist Institutional Church is one of the oldest Baptist congregations in Florida. Earliest services were held on a plantation 1838. The congregation included many slaves from surrounding plantations who would require a special day pass that allowed them to travel safely to services. During the Civil War, the church building was used as a hospital for the Union Army. After the war, white members of the church attempted to take over the congregation and remove the African American congregants. These African Americans took their case to court where a judge ruled in their favor. Today, the congregation boasts well over fourteen thousand members. Take a look at the 1914 church directory to learn about the history of the organization and the history of the building, as well as the members of the church.

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Discharge Certificate issued for Cpl. Lawrence Leslie McVey

Corporal Lawrence McVey served during World War I in the 369th Infantry Regiment, better known as the “Harlem Hellfighters.” Due to racial tension within the US Army, the 369th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the French Army for the duration of US involvement in World War I. Formed from the 15th New York National Guard, the 369th was the first African American regiment to reach the battlefields of France and one of the first American units to reach the banks of the Rhine River. The 369th spent more days in front-line trenches than any other American regiment in the war. Corporal McVey, who served for the entirety of the war, was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his bravery in action while leading an attack on a machine-gun nest during the fight at Séchault on September 29, 1918. Help us transcribe this important document that highlights the vital role African Americans played during World War I.

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Document on NOMA regional structure

To diversify the field of architecture, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) was founded in 1971. NOMA serves as a community and professional organization for minority architects. Transcribe this document to explore the founding and organization of this unique association.

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Documents from an architecture workshop at Tuskegee University

The Center for Afro-American Architecture at the Tuskegee Institute hosted a planning workshop in 1980. The purpose of the workshop, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, was to try and develop a National Resource Center on Afro-American Architecture. Architects J. Max Bond (1935 - 2009) and Richard K. Dozier, along with scholars John Vlach and John Warfield, participated in the workshop. Transcribe these documents to learn about the connection between architecture and education.

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Flier for "Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom" meeting at Enon Baptist Church

Enon Baptist Church was founded in 1889 in Baltimore, Maryland. The church focuses on community involvement and development. Join the church on their 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom where Dr. Thomas Kilgore, founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was one of the key speakers!

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Flier for a Mount Olive Baptist Church rally

The Mt. Olive Baptist Church was founded by Reverend George Brown in 1909 in a stable in Norfolk, Virginia. The church was governed by a mother church but in 1914 petitioned to become an independent body. By 1916, the congregation had grown so much that they had to leave the stable and construct a formal church building. Help us transcribe this 1926 flier to see which churches were invited to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pew Rally in Lindenwood.

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Flyer for performances of the Chicago Jublilee Singers in Burnley, England

This advertisement is for a series of performances at Fulledge Methodist Church in Burnley, England, by the Chicago Jubilee Singers, a Chicago-based quintet.

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Flyer for Shearer Players' Production of Angel Street, 1951

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who wrote, directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s. Help us transcribe this program from a from the Shearer Summer Theater’s production of Angel Street.

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Form letter for National Baptist Convention in Chicago

The National Baptist Convention is the largest predominantly African American Christian denomination in the United States, with approximately 31,000 congregations. This 1943 letter includes data gathered by Professor Clynedyke A. Baker, the national music director of the Laymen's Progressive League of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Help us transcribe the letter and learn about the great city of Chicago and Olivet Baptist Church, the oldest African American Baptist church in the city.

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