Southern Voices Having His Say Memories from Lemuel Delany Jr. W I t h k I M b e r ly D. h I l l "I grew up in the segregated South," said Lemuel Delany (here). "Born July the 17 th, 1920. That's two days from now. I had a very interesting child life having been born the middle child of Lemuel Delany and Julia Brown Delany in the city of Raleigh, which was divided between white Raleigh and black Raleigh. I lived in black Raleigh. I had very little contact with white Raleigh because white Raleigh didn't want me to have contact with them." Photograph courtesy of Lemuel Delany. Lemuel Delany is a retired funeral home director living with his wife and daughter in Raleigh, North Carolina. He comes from a distinguished family that includes his grandfather, the first black Episcopal bishop in North Carolina, and two aunts who inspired a book, play, and movie called Having Our Say. In this interview, Delany explains how his aunts' influential 1993 book overlooks the most important part of his family's history. He also provides a snapshot of life in the black neighborhoods of Raleigh and Harlem during the
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Feb 21, 2009
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