Monday, August 27, 2018

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany & A. Elizabeth Delany

Day 5 of 7. I was tagged by @browngirlreading on Instagram to post a picture a day for 7 days of covers of my fave books. All I am going to say about this one is if you haven't read it yet, find yourself a copy! This is one of the best memoirs and it will warm your heart and make you think about all that these two amazing women have witnessed; all while putting a smile on your face. There was also a movie and a play based on their lives that you can track down as well. Doing this challenge has made me want to reread all of the books that I am featuring! Also, I am on the lookout for a hardback copy of this one in good condition. I'm still living in hope of running across one at one of the thrift stores that I visit. 

In their 200+ combined years, Sadie and Bessie Delany have seen it all. They saw their father, who was born into slavery, become America's first black Episcopal bishop. They saw their mother--a woman of mixed racial parentage who was born free--give birth to ten children, all of whom would become college-educated, successful professionals in a time when blacks could scarcely expect to receive a high school diploma. 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.More than a firsthand account of black American history, "Having Our Say" teaches us about surviving, thriving, and embracing life, no matter what obstacles are in our way. 

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