All About Madam C.J. Walker

  • Title:All About Madam C.J. Walker
  • Author:A'Lelia Bundles
    illustrated by Kirsten Halvorsen
    and Jennifer Mujezinovic
  • Publication Date:January 2018
  • Grade Level:3-6
  • ISBN:9781681570938
  • Publisher:Blue River Press

Madam C. J. Walker was a self made millionaire who was beloved within her community for her philanthropy, and respected as a first rate business person. She was Americas first female self-made millionaire and one of the most successful African American business owners ever.

Born Sarah Breedlove, she was the first person born free in her family. She married Charles Joseph Walker and became known as Madam C. J. Walker, the name she would later use on her haircare products.

After talking with her brothers, who were barbers, and experiencing problems with hair loss, she developed a formula that healed scalp infections. This inspired her to start her own line of hair care products to do things like reduce dandruff, grow longer hair, smooth hair, or prevent baldness. Her company employed thousands of door-to-door saleswomen from all over the United States and the Caribbean.

She supported the African American community by making a significant contribution for a new YMCA building in Indianapolis, funding scholarships for the Tuskegee Institute and Daytona Normal Institute for Girls, and becoming a patron of the arts in the early years of the Harlem Renaissance.

Her hair care products are still produced today by Sephora and her story was the inspiration to the Netflix series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and the adult biography On Her Own Ground, both also written by Madam C.J. Walkers great-great-granddaughter ALelia Bundles.

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