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

Having Our Say
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - People of Color
Imprint: Dell
Format: Paperback
Pub Date: September 1994
Price: $7.99
Can. Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-22042-8 (0-440-22042-4)
Pages: 320
Also available as a trade paperback.



 
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 reveal 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 understanding of this period of American history.

"Having Our Say gives students a chance to really enjoy and engage in pleasure reading while learning about the aging process. Students are able to take an autobiographical account of two exceptional centenarians and apply real life accounts to more academic material—not to mention be exposed to successful and positive aspects of the aging process."—Professor Lori B. Werdenschlag, Associate Professor, Psychology Dept., Lyndon State College



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Dr. Elizabeth Delany and Sarah Delany were born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on the campus of St. Augustine's College. Their father, born into slavery and freed by the Emancipation, was an administrator at the college and America's first elected black Episcopal bishop. Sarah received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University and was New York City's first appointed black home economics teacher on the high school level. Elizabeth received her degree in dentistry from Columbia University and was the second black woman licensed to practice dentistry in New York City. The sisters retired to Mt. Vernon, New York, where Sarah, 108, still lives today. Dr. Elizabeth Delany died in September 1995, at the age of 104.

Amy Hill Hearth is a Westchester correspondent for The New York Times.





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