The “HavingMySay” portion of RJsCorner is about how I view the world. The phrase came about because of a book “Having Our Say” by the Delaney Sisters. It is in my top ten books because of its authenticity, humor, and frankness. Bessy and Sadie Delaney were both over 100 years old when it was written. They had a lot to say about their times during Jim Crow era in North Carolina and Harlem NY. I find myself re-reading the book on an annual basis.
I think they kinda inspired me to start RJsCorner over 10 years ago so that I could “Have My Say”
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book written in 1993:
“When people ask me how we’ve lived past one hundred, I say, ‘Honey, we never married. We never had husbands to worry us to death! – Bessie
“All I ever wanted in my life was to be treated as an individual. I have succeeded, to some extent. At least I’m sure that in the Lord’s eyes, I am an individual. I am not a “colored” person, or a “Negro” person, in God’s eyes. I am just me! The Lord won’t hold it against me that I’m colored because He made me that way! He thinks I am beautiful! And so do I, even with all my wrinkles! I am beautiful! -Bessie”
“Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet. – Sadie