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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999)

TV Movie | 100 min | Drama

Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the daughters of the first African-American Episcopal ...See moreTells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the daughters of the first African-American Episcopal bishop, who was born a slave, and a woman with an inter-racial background. With the support of each other and their family, they survived encounters with racism and sexism in their own different ways. Sadie quietly and sweetly broke barriers to become the first African-American home-ec teacher in New York City, while Bessie, with her own brand of outspokenness, became the second African-American dentist in New York City. At the ages of 103 and 101, they told their story to Amy Hill Hearth, a white New York Times reporter who published an article about them. The overwhelming response launched a bestselling book, a Broadway play, and this film. Written by Tommy Peter See less
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Diahann Carroll
Sadie Delany Sadie Delany   See fewer
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Ruby Dee
Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany   See fewer
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Amy Madigan
Amy Hill Hearth Amy Hill Hearth   See fewer
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Lisa Arrindell
Sadie in her 20s (as Lisa Arrindell Anderson) Sadie in her 20s (as Lisa Arrindell Anderson)   See fewer
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Audra McDonald
Bessie in her 20s Bessie in her 20s   See fewer
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Mykelti Williamson
Papa Delany Papa Delany   See fewer
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Lonette McKee
Mama Delany Mama Delany   See fewer
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Richard Roundtree
Booker T. Washington Booker T. Washington   See fewer
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Della Reese
Martha Logan Martha Logan   See fewer
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Ahmond
Henry Delany Henry Delany   See fewer
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Nate Bynum
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Thomas Clark
Lucious Lucious   See fewer
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Sharlease Collier
Church goer Church goer   See fewer
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Brandon Crawford
Bag Boy Bag Boy   See fewer
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Cordereau Dye
Hubert Thomas Delany Hubert Thomas Delany   See fewer
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Annie Joe Edwards
New tenant New tenant   See fewer
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Carter Gaston
Manross Delaney Manross Delaney   See fewer
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Micki Grant
Actress playing Sadie on Broadway Actress playing Sadie on Broadway   See fewer
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Kiara Harris
Sadie, age 7 Sadie, age 7   See fewer
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April Jones
Harriet Harriet   See fewer
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Rebecca Koon
Miss Moseley Miss Moseley   See fewer
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Patty Mack
Mildred Mildred   See fewer
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Lizan Mitchell
Actress playing Bessie on Broadway Actress playing Bessie on Broadway   See fewer
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Terry Nienhuis
Mr. Milliam Mr. Milliam   See fewer
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Haleigh Porter
Bessie, age 5 Bessie, age 5   See fewer
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Clifton Powell
Frazier Johnson Frazier Johnson   See fewer
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Alison Robertson
Teacher Teacher   See fewer
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Alex Van
Drunk White Man Drunk White Man   See fewer
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Camille O. Cosby
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Tasha Holland
Church Goer (uncredited) Church Goer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Student (uncredited) Student (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 240 votes