HAVING OUR SAY
“When you get real old, honey,” says Bessie Delany, “you lay it
all on the table. There’s an old saying: Only little children and
old folks tell the truth.” In Having Our Say Bessie, age 101,
and her sister Sadie, age 103, do just that – and then some.
Filled with humorous and poignant anecdotes, this inspiring
dual memoir offers a rare glimpse of the birth of black
freedom – and the rise of the black middle class – in America.
It is a chronicle of remarkable achievement.
“The first thing I would do if I was president would be to say
that people over one hundred years of age no longer have to pay
taxes! Lord knows I’ve paid my share.” – Bessie
“What worries me is that I know Sadie’s going to get into
Heaven, but I’m not so sure about me. I’m afraid when I meet St.
Peter at the Gate, he’ll say, ‘Lord, you were mean!'” – Bessie
“Bessie can be a little bit nasty sometimes, you know. She says
it’s her God-given duty to tell people the truth. I say to her,
‘Bessie, don’t you realize people don’t want to hear the truth?'”
“When I was young nothing could hold me back. It took me a
hundred years to figure out I can’t change the world. I can only
change Bessie. And honey, that ain’t easy, either.” – Bessie
“Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.”
“When people ask me how we’ve lived past one hundred, I say,
‘Honey, we never married. We never had husbands to worry us
to death!'” – Bessie
In good preloved condition. Cover shows wear and and damage where a price sticker was removed near to top right corner. Some colour change to pages consistent with the age of the book. A wonderful book looking for a special home.