Having Our Say - The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Sarah and A. Elizabeth with Hearth, Amy Hill Delany

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Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after over a hundred years of living side by side.

Their sharp memories show us the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington; Harlem's Golden Age and Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Paul Robeson. Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City system as a high school teacher. Their extraordinary story makes an important contribution to our nation's heritage--and an indelible impression on our lives.

 

About Sarah and A. Elizabeth with Hearth, Amy Hill Delany

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AMY HILL HEARTH is a writer who was born in western Massachusetts but spent her childhood in South Carolina. Her career has included work as a film and drama critic, award-winning columnist, and beat reporter. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Delta / Dell Publishing. 210 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In a memoir that's as much a historical record as a testimony to two extraordinary women, the Delany sisters recall their remarkable lives, spanning more than a century of the African- American experience.

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In this remarkable and charming oral history, two lively and perspicacious sisters, aged 101 and 103, reflect on their rich family life and their careers as pioneering African American professionals.

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In this remarkable and charming oral history, two lively and perspicacious sisters, aged 101 and 103, reflect on their rich family life and their careers as pioneering African American professionals.

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Dear Delaney Sisters: Thank you so much for inviting us into your home and insisting we stay for dinner.

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Variety

Adapting the autobiography of Bessie and Sadie Delany with a minimum of theatrical fuss, playwright Emily Mann has a trio of expert collaborators in director Walter Dallas and actresses Frances Foster and Lynne Thigpen, all of whom do honor to the play by stressing its simplicity.

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Sadie became the first black woman to teach domestic science in the New York City school system, and Bessie began a dental practice in Harlem in 1925.

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Cramming the breadth of two lives --- including aspects both personal and political --- that cover more than a century each into a mere two-hour timeslot must have represented a daunting task.

Apr 15 1999 | Read Full Review of Having Our Say - The Delany S...

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