September 3 Birthday: Bessie Delany. WOMEN OF HOPE: AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE
Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic, 1998)
Bessie Delany, who lived to be 104, came to national attention when she and her sister and a New York Times reporter collaborated on the story of her and her sister’s life: Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. Delany was the second African American woman to become a dentist in NY.
The New York Times obituary of Delany elegantly encapsulates her life.