Annie Elizabeth Delany


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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. from Columbia University in 1923, become the second African American woman dentist licensed in New York State, and practice in Harlem for 27 years.
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  • ''...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 and was two years her senior. They were two of ten children born to an ex-slave and his wife.
  • ''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 retired dentist in New York City, was recalling what she had told a white male dentist, her former classmate at Columbia University's dental school, who sent her his African American maid as a patient because he did not want to work on a African American person's teeth.

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