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

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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 ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
... Sadie Delany
... Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany
... Amy Hill Hearth
... Sadie in her 20s (as Lisa Arrindell Anderson)
... Bessie in her 20s
... Papa Delany
... Mama Delany
... Booker T. Washington
... Martha Logan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahmond ... Henry Delany
... Lemuel
Thomas Clark ... Lucious
Sharlease Collier ... Church goer
... Bag Boy


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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Having Our Say" by Emily Mann opened at the Booth Theater in New York on April 6, 1995, ran for 317 performances and was nominated for the 1995 Tony Award for the Best Play. Emily Mann also wrote the teleplay for this filmed production. See more »


Bessie in her 20s: I know what kind of professor he is, I've seen his kind before.
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Excellent Portrayal of African American Icons
12 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed watching this movie about the Delany sisters. I knew of them, but that was all. This movie opened my eyes to their bravado and courage. What a pair. What sacrifices they made to live life on their own terms. This is not only a movie for African Americans, but for all Americans. It is sort of a history lesson and a documentary rolled into one and combined with an entertaining movie biography. The acting was superior by all included and we really do get a glimpse of the hardships these two sisters went through for many years. Both sisters are quite different from each other. They came from a very loving and very strict family with high, maybe even impossible standards of perfection. It is sad to see how Sadie's father refused to allow his daughter to continue to see her boyfriend due to a possible misunderstanding. I thoroughly recommend this movie and I am glad I caught it on television the other day.

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