Annie Elizabeth Delany


Biography of Annie Elizabeth Delany

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 licensed to practice dentistry in New York State, and became famous, with the publication of the book, at the age of 101.

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