What influence did the sisters have on their communities in Having Our Say?

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Sisters Bessie and Sadie Delany offered several contributions to the communities that they settled in upon reaching adulthood. Before the two women ventured into their own separate careers, they helped to enrich the growth and development of the youth in Raleigh, North Carolina, by serving as educators.

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Sisters Bessie and Sadie Delany offered several contributions to the communities that they settled in upon reaching adulthood. Before the two women ventured into their own separate careers, they helped to enrich the growth and development of the youth in Raleigh, North Carolina, by serving as educators.

After migrating to New York during the era of the Harlem Renaissance, Sadie and Bessie found their respective callings as career-oriented pioneers. They would go on to present images of black womanhood that would provide their communities with role models to admire and draw further inspiration from. For instance, Sadie would go on to break tremendous ground for black women in the United States by becoming the first woman of color to educate students on domestic science after acquiring her master's degree from prestigious Columbia University. Meanwhile, Bessie Delany pursued a career in dentistry, which very few women of color practiced at the time.

Of course, it is worth noting that both women had to endure relentless discrimination on the grounds of being both black and female during an era when segregation and bigotry were widely practiced. In spite of the discrimination they faced, Bessie and Sadie Delany provided their communities with evidence of the possibility and opportunity for people of color to defy the odds and pursue their deepest ambitions.

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