Delany Family photograph from 1906. Bessie, a retired dentist, is 101. Bessie had planned to become a doctor but ultimately decided to go to dental school. You can't just take people who don't have anything, don't know what they're doing, pack them in a bunch of buildings, and expect it's going to all work out somehow. When Negroes are average, they fail, unless they are very, very lucky. If that boy was colored he'd be washing dishes somewhere.
My 15 year old grandson wanted to read this this summer. That kind of thing would happen a lot more if Sadie and Bessie were both as sweet as molasses. I loved the ending account of Bessie when she talked about the probability of ever having a black president. And so do I even with all my wrinkles! They were 102 and 100 years old when the book was written early '90s , and their father had been born into slavery. Sadie has the quiet strength of her father and the adventurous streak of her mother. .
One of my favorite parts of the book was when they got an apartment with their other siblings in New York. I highly recommended this inspiration book to everyone I think its suitable for all ages. One of my favorite parts of the bo I think that Having Our Say was a really good book. The club sold store-bought muffins in the main hall to raise money that will go towards helping children in the St. After 's death in 1995 at age 104, Sadie Delany and Hearth created a third book, On My Own At 107: Reflections on Life Without Bessie. Raised with Southern charm, the sisters believed they should answer each and every letter.
Their life story begins with very early childhood memories, and the history of their ancestors. Warm, funny, heartrending, enlightening - the Delany sisters' book was just amazing. Both sisters favored careers over marriage, despite many opportunities. The book went on to inspire several plays, including a Broadway play in 1995 and a television film in 1999. The book was on The New York Times bestseller lists for 105 weeks. Instead of riding in any bus seat, eating somewhere, or even using a water fountain, there was a law against it.
Sadie, a retired schoolteacher, is 103 years old. They saw the post-Reconstruction South, the Jim Crow laws, Harlem's Golden Age, and the Civil Rights movement--and, in their own feisty, wise, inimitable way, they've got a lot to say about it. Still, Bessie Delany was undaunted. A good read from beginning to end. But it's not until Nanny moves to New York that we fully understand their similarities.
Having Our Say is narrated by two female black sisters. When asked in a 1993 interview if she could account for her and her sister's longevity, Dr. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, all the way to their final years in which they lived in New York. It's history in the making and these 2 remarkable women are really fascinating. What I mean here is that the government control should be balanced with the freedom of choice. Despite all the obstacles, all the Delany children plan to go to college.
Many of the flashback scenes and even many of the present-day ones are very powerful, if not quite as inspirational as in the book. Regardless, this late-life bloom has a profound impact on Sadie. Both women had been living on their own for a while, but the loss of their father was devastating. These sisters lived through numerous dilemmas such as the Jim Crow Law age. They decide to move to Mount Vernon, a mostly white suburb in New York.
The play adaptation, Having Our Say, debuted on April 6, 1995, at the on in , and later toured the United States. The family is devastated when Henry Beard Delany dies in 1928. At their advanced age, the Delany sisters are part of a quiet revolutionary movement to integrate white suburbs. Amy Madigan also is good as Amy Hill Hearth, the white New York Times reporter whose article about the sisters launched the book, etc. Sadie became an educator and Bessie, a Loved this book.
Friends provided us a copy of a sequel but recommended reading this first. It also shows how one good buddy, in this case, a sister , can help you get thru anything. One became a dentist in Harlem, the other a schoolteacher. So far, this book has my hooked after the first 12 pages. The prose is perfect and the sisters are national treasures. The book has been translated into six languages.