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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822215020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822215028
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I could visualize it so well.
Carole Dickens
It also shows how one good buddy, in this case, a sister , can help you get thru anything.
sharon D greenspan
This is an autobiographical book in the oral narrative tradition.
Bonnie Brody

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on June 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me by my 95-year-old mother, and I must say it was an excellent recommendation.

Author Amy Hill Hearth must have had numerous conversations with Sadie (age 102) and her "little sister" Bessie (100). The book is written with the words and the spirit of these two special ladies shining through each page. The Delany sisters were born to a father who was a former slave and who got an education and later became the first black bishop in the Episcopal Church. Their mother had white blood, but she chose to marry and socialize among the black race. As the sister explain, if you had one drop of black blood at that time, you were considered a Negro.

The sisters describe their growing-up years and their gratitude for their parents' love, guidance, and the high standards of conduct which they held up to their children. They tell what is was like to be chased by the Ku Klux Klan, discriminated against by teachers and employers, and be the victims of the Jim Crow laws. They mention the illustrious black people, such as Adam Clayton Powell, and Cab Calloway, who were part of their social circle. They tell about their patriotism during WWI and WWII and in one of the most poignant comments in the book Bessie says, "We were good citizens, good Americans! We loved our country, even though it didn't love us back."

This is a look back at American history by two women whose family was prominent in the black community, but mostly unknown in the white world.

It is an eye-opener and is a wonderful story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2009
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This is an autobiographical book in the oral narrative tradition. Sarah and Bessie Delany, 103 and 101 years old respectively, discuss their lives as educated black women living within a close-knit and nurturing family. They openly discuss their views on family, politics, racism and other forms of prejudice.

Neither sister married, each choosing careers instead. Bessie became the second black female dentist in New York. Sadie was a school teacher. Each had different styles of dealing with racist obstacles but each demonstrated a tenacity, nobility and strong moral character.

The book evokes smiles (BIG GRINS), sadness and joy that folks like this exist. Wisdom indeed comes from age and their generous and honest sharing of a century's worth of experience is well worth the read.

Their depiction of their father's dedication to service and education is remarkable. One gets a true sense of their family and how important it is to each of them.

I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Browne on September 1, 2009
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I received my book, "Having Our Say" in great condition and in punctual time. Look forward to doing business with you in the future.
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This book was recommended to me by my daughter when she was in high school. So I recommended it to our book club. It is the story of two black sisters who lived to be over 100 years old. I beleive a play was made out of the book years ago. Their story is heartwarming and also a look at African American history in the United States. The feel is similar to the movie " the butler " that is out now. Their story is simpler-- but it shows how important it is to take the long view on trials and tribulations in life. It also shows how one good buddy, in this case, a sister , can help you get thru anything. Upholds good old fashioned values, integrity, faith, always do the right thing. Ah that we could all live our lives to such a long story-- and say it is a life well lived. It is an African-American story that is a universal story of love and how it fosters longevity.
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