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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999)

Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the ... See full summary »

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2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Sadie Delany
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Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany
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Amy Hill Hearth
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Sadie in her 20s (as Lisa Arrindell Anderson)
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Bessie in her 20s
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Papa Delany
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Mama Delany
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Martha Logan
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Henry Delany
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Lemuel
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Lucious
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Bag Boy
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Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the daughters of the first African-American Episcopal bishop, who was born a slave, and a woman with an inter-racial background. With the support of each other and their family, they survived encounters with racism and sexism in their own different ways. Sadie quietly and sweetly broke barriers to become the first African-American home-ec teacher in New York City, while Bessie, with her own brand of outspokenness, became the second African-American dentist in New York City. At the ages of 103 and 101, they told their story to Amy Hill Hearth, a white New York Times reporter who published an article about them. The overwhelming response launched a bestselling book, a Broadway play, and this film. Written by Tommy Peter

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18 April 1999 (USA)  »

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While this movie is based on the first book the Delany sisters did together, certain parts of it - Sadie tricking her way into teaching at a school, and the sisters seeing themselves on Broadway - weren't revealed until Sadie published her own book "On My Own at 107" four years later. See more »

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Sadie Delany: You should've run into the woods with those other school teachers.
Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany: I'd rather die than back down.
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Real Life Makes Great Movie
27 June 2001 | by (Mansfield UK) – See all my reviews

This was a fine example of how an interesting film can be made without using big stars and big effects. Just tell a true story about the struggles of two African American women over a turbulent century.

This movie challenges us all to look at our own personal prejudices and see that people are people, not white, black, etc.

Good movie with a good message.


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