Annie Elizabeth Delany


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Annie Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany (3 September 1891 - 25 September 1995) was an American dentist and civil rights pioneer who was the subject, along with her sister Sadie, of the New York Times bestselling oral history, Having Our Say, written by journalist Amy Hill Hearth. Delany earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Columbia University in 1923. She was the second Black woman ... more »

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  • ''[My mother told me:] "You must decide whether you want to get married someday, or have a career."... I set my sights on the career. I thought, what does any man really have to offer me?''
    Annie Elizabeth Delany (b. 1891), African American dentist. Having Our Say (1993). One of 10 children of a former slave, she would earn her D.D.S....
  • ''...we never worked for white people in their homes. No, sir, not even once! That is one of the accomplishments in my life of which I am the most proud, yes, sir!''
    Annie Elizabeth Delany (b. 1891), African American dentist. Having Our Say, ch. 12 (1992). Speaking of herself and her sister, who lived with her ...
  • ''You are not a doctor of dentistry! You are a doctor of segregation!''
    Annie Elizabeth Delany (b. 1891), African American dentist. Quoting herself in Having Our Say, ch. 19 (1992). Delany, African American and a retir...
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