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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years – Character List

id=”Sarah Louise (“Sadie”) Delany (1889–1999)”> Sarah Louise (“Sadie”) Delany (1889–1999) – The second Delany child, 103 years old. Sadie is an obedient child who protests discrimination in a quiet but determined fashion. She is the first black woman to teach domestic science at public high schools in New York City. Annie Elizabeth (“Bessie”) Delany (1891–1995) – The third Delany …

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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years – Sadie Delany

Sadie, named after her two grandmothers, is an obedient “mama’s child” but takes after her father in terms of personality. She is calm and never judgmental, and because she is lighter-skinned than Bessie, she faces less discrimination. Because of her more easygoing personality, she also takes racial and sexual stereotyping better than Bessie. When a …

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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years – Bessie Delany

Named after Dr. Anna J. Cooper, an early advocate of education for black women, Bessie is proud and emotional. Where Sadie is easygoing, Bessie is confrontational. Her narrative is lively and includes songs, eruptive anger and joy, and psychic predictions. In some ways the sisters act as foils to each other, and in some senses …

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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years – Henry Beard Delany

Sadie and Bessie’s parents are the two most important people in their lives, and Having Our Say is dedicated to them. Their father, Henry, and mother, Nanny, are the driving forces in their lives, and their teachings and way of living are a constant reference point for the younger Delanys. When Sadie and Bessie talk …

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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years – Nanny James Logan

The Delanys’ mother is their mentor and, later, their companion. Feisty and determined, Nanny is adored by all her children. When Nanny was growing up, her parents were unable to marry. Virginia state law forbade any person with one-eighth black heritage to marry a white person: her mother was a quarter black. This law, along …

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