So we all know the month of February is Black History Month and I would like to take a moment to speak about two ladies I recently researched. Their names are “Sadie” and “Bessie” Delany better known as the Delany Sisters. Sadie, the oldest born September 18, 1889 in Lynch’s Station, Va., was the first black person permitted to teach domestic science in New York high schools. Bessie was born September 3, 1891 in Raleigh, NC and later became the second black female dentist licensed to practice in New York. Their parents were faculty members at St. Augustine School, now University, in Raleigh, NC. These were great accomplishments for these ladies as well as their parents, but they are also known for the record they hold in the Guinness Book of records for being the oldest authors to publish a book. Their second book titled “The Delany Sisters’ Book of Everyday Wisdom” was published in 1994. Sadie at age 105 and Bessie at age 103. During an interview it was noted that neither were married and they joked about their long lives being due in part to never having husbands to “worry them to death.” Bessie passed at age 104 in September 1995 leaving Sadie to write a third book about life without her sister. Sadie later passed at age 109 in January 1999.

Isn’t it great know that with old age comes even more wisdom. Wisdom beyond measure that it is possible to do such things as write books at 100+ years of age. These were some remarkable ladies and I would like them to know they have truly inspired me!

Remember ladies nothing is impossible at any age! You can do anything you set your mind to!! Be inspired and be encouraged on this day and each day forward that you have a purpose!!!

sig TW