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Annie Elizabeth Delany

Annie Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany (3 September 1891 – 25 September 1995) was an American dentist and civil rights pioneer who was the subject, along with her elder sister Sarah "Sadie" Delany, of the New York Times bestselling oral history, Having Our Say, written by journalist Amy Hill Hearth. Delany earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Columbia University in 1923. She was the second Black woman licensed to practice dentistry in New York State, and became famous, with the publication of the book, when she was aged 101

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I am a colored woman or a Negro woman. Either one is OK. People dislike those words now. Today these ...

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Turning one hundred was the worst birthday of my life. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Turning ...

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I'm a hundred-and-one years old and at my age, honey, I can say what I want!

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[My mother told me:] "You must decide whether you want to get married someday, or have a career."... ...

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There are certain stereotypes that are offensive. Some of them don't worry me, though. For instance, ...

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