They worked as teachers in the South and moved on to advanced degrees and careers in New York City. If that boy was colored he'd be washing dishes somewhere.
Today, looking back, they continue to reflect the wisdom, humor, and feistiness that enabled them to triumph over racism and sexism--the latter, in their opinion, not as corrosive as the former.
Augustine's School near Raleigh, where their father was the principal, the two girls were expected, like their eight other siblings, to excel both academically and morally.
It went to Broadway. The Delanys aren't optimistic about the future of race relations, believing that the momentum of the civil- rights struggle was taken away by the Vietnam War.
Share this. What you get is the Delany ladies having their say, no bells or whistles to accessorize the evening.
Still, the play can get repetitive at times, especially with its multiple passages about the deaths of family members. And I'm NOT scrubbing floors. Daughters of the nation's first black Episcopal bishop, Sadie and Bessie Delany, born in and respectively, are a living record of the seismic changes that have affected black America since Emancipation.