The Delany Sisters Essay

841 WordsNov 11, 20054 Pages
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Having Our Say is the amazing story about the almost invincible Delany sisters. In this novel, Sarah L. Delaney and A. Elizabeth Delany tell the tale of their century long lives in America. The reader learns about their whole lives starting from their childhood, which was on the campus of St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, all the way to their final years in which they lived in New York. During their lives, the Delany sisters lived during the Harlem Renaissance, had to go through the Jim Crow laws, and lived to be apart of the civil rights movement. These sisters were lucky enough to learn how to read and write when they were children and later able to attend…show more content…
All of the Delany children lived successful lives and it was very challenging to remember all of the accomplishments that each of them achieved. After reading this book, I gained a great amount of new information, which I did not know about before. I acquired new facts about the Jim Crow laws and I also learned about many important African-American leaders of the civil rights movement. Some of these people included W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, and Rosa Parks. The Delany family was put through many incidents caused by the Jim Crow laws. Some of these incidents included them sitting in the Jim Crow cars instead of the Pullman cars. Also, when they lived in North Carolina there was a shoe store that they always went to called Heller's, which was owned by a Jewish man. Because of the Jim Crow laws, a colored person would have to go to the back of the store if they wanted to try on shoes. This book was almost as helpful as reading a history book because people who actually lived during these times wrote most of it. Both Sadie and Bessie Delany were the two characters that left a lasting impact on my life. After reading all about they have been through in their century long lives, a huge impression was left on my life. The Delany sisters have inspired many of their readers to live life to the fullest. They lived through many hardships in their lives and were
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