Having Our Say

The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years

By Sarah L. Delany and Dr. A. Elizabeth Delany, with Amy Hill Hearth

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Release

01-03-23

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

Release

01-03-23

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

“I felt proud to be an American citizen reading Having Our Say…The two voices, beautifully blended…evoke an epic history…often cruel and brutal, but always deeply humane.” New York Times Book Review

“This book is destined to become a classic! The Delany sisters leave to us the best of legacies—two sets of dancing footprints for us to follow all our days ahead.” Clarissa Pinkola Estés, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves

“An unforgettable testimony to the dignity and courage of African-American women.” Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, author of Sweeter the Juice

Amy Hill Hearth

Author Biography

Amy Hill Hearth, who lives at the Jersey Shore, is a New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today bestselling author and a Peabody Award winner. She writes nonfiction as well as fiction, and books for both adults and young readers. This is her first thriller. Her areas of interest include American history, elder wisdom, and forgotten or little-known stories. Her ancestors, who include a Lenni-Lenape woman, called the Jersey Shore home for many generations. You can read more about her at www.AmyHillHearth.com.

Sarah L. Delany

Author Biography

Sarah Delany (1889–1999) and her sister Elizabeth 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. 

Dr. A. Elizabeth Delany

Author Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Delany (1891–1995) and her sister Sarah 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. Elizabeth received her degree in dentistry from Columbia University and was the second black woman licensed to practice dentistry in New York City.