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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1994
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They're funny: Bessie notes that blacks must be sharp to get ahead, "But if you're average and white, honey, you can go far. Just look at Dan Quayle. If that boy was colored he'd be washing dishes somewhere." And they are wise: Sadie says, "Life is short, and it's up to you to make it sweet." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Bessie and Sadie grew up in a large family on the campus of Saint Augustine's school in Raleigh, North Carolina during the 90s. They led sheltered lives; Sadie was quiet and well mannered whereas Bessie was very quick to anger and opinionated. They were also very intelligent women who were taught early on to aim high. In a time when most people did not go to school beyond high school, Bessie and Sadie received college degrees. Bessie became the second black woman to practice dentistry in New York.
Sadie became the first black home economics teacher in a New York high school. The Delany sisters spoke their minds, and what they give the reader is a story of pure American history.
This autobiography is filled with stories about racism and how it affected their lives. Sadie and Bessie lived together for over a hundred years. Although the sisters are deceased, their story and words of wisdom live on in the hearts and minds of readers.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in American History. This book is the best history book I've read and the pictures in the book make the story come alive.
Reviewed by Dorothy Cooperwood
This book is great for anyone looking to connect the present with the past; particularly through the eyes of two exceptional women who were born in South Carolina during the mid 1890s, experiencing racism firsthand (as two educated African-American women) and met many individuals who were instrumental in adding art, culture and brilliance to the Harlem Renaissance (a great cultural movement that took place between the 1920s and 1940s, in Harlem, New York, celebrating the cultural achievements of many African-American artists, musicians, dancers, photographers, writers, sculptors and radicals alike). What's more, these two women received college educations at time when it was unusual for Caucasian men to obtain them! Read this and tell two more people to check out the book, when you're through. Great reading!
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Simply Awesome read and it helps me to remember the time how my grandmother lived.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Although the audio read excellently by Whoopi Goldberg is abreviated in certain chapters(I scanned the *paperback while listening to the audio tapes),I found the tapes did not... Read morePublished 2 days ago by abj
With Black History Month starting today, and March being Women's History Month, I'm surprised this book hasn't received more attention. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Cindy D
This is one of the most touching books that I ever read. I love it!Published 3 months ago by Flor Rodriguez
My wife loved this homespun book of wisdom that enabled the sisters to thrive and survive for more than a century. Words and actions by which to live.Published 4 months ago by Herbert Hoffman