The Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library are pleased to present excerpts of the moving drama, 'Having Our Say -- The Delany Sisters' on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7-8:30 pm at the Westfield Memorial Library.
The Delany sisters, former Harlem residents have inspired millions with their phenomenal story about thriving through great obstacles. Daughters of emancipated slaves, Sadie (1891-1999) and Bessie (1891-1995) were civil rights activists. Sadie was the first African American woman to teach Domestic Science and Bessie the second to be granted a dentistry license in NY State. It wasn't until they were over 100 years old that they gained fame with their book, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 years (with Amy Hill Hearth) The book spent two years on the New York Times Best Seller List spawning a Broadway play and movie.
The show, celebrating Black History Month, features actors Lisa G Fleming and Shay. It is a story of two sisters that typifies the struggles and portrays the tenacity of these two women whose lives spanned over 100 years of American history. Bessie, (Shay) and Sadie (Lisa G) Delaney welcome you into their home as they share their personal journeys of courage and persistence in the face of prejudice, discrimination and the social injustices they encountered. It is a story of struggle and achievement universal in its appeal.
Reservations are required. You may register online, www.wmlnj.org and click on Online Calendar or call 908-789-4090 option 0. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ.