Madam CJ Walker

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Madam CJ Walker

•Madam C.J. Walker was born as Sarah Breedlove on December 23, 1867, near Delta, Louisiana. •After suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss, she invented a line of African-American hair care line in 1905. •She endorsed her products by traveling around the country giving lecture-demonstrations and eventually established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians.•Her parents, Owen and Minerva, were recently freed slaves, and Sarah, who was their fifth child, was the first in her family to be free-born. •On June 6, 1885, Sarah gave birth to a daughter, A'Lelia. When Moses died two years later, Sarah and A'Lelia moved to St. Louis, where Sarah's brothers had established themselves as barbers


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•She was the first African American female self-made millionaire.-Donated majority of her money to black businesses and families for support.-Paved the way for other African American women to be successful and encouraged them to venture out even with all odds against you.

Lasting Impact

-Her entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropy is something that every citizen should want to have in their heart.-revolutionized the hair care and cosmetics industry for African American women early in the 20th century.



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Interesting facts

- Madam C.J. Walker was born on December23, 1867 in Delta, Louisianato Owen and MinervaBreedlove, who were former slaves.-There are two National historic Landmarks dedicated toMadam Walker. The Villa Lewaro, which is located in Irvington, New York, and the Madam Walker TheaterCenter in Indianapolis, Indiana.-Walker made it intothe Guinness book of world records-From 1912 to 1914, Madame C.J. Walker provided scholarships for six students at Tuskegee University

Madam C. J. Walker and New Cosmetics (Inventions and Discovery) Paperback – July 1, 2006by Katherine Krohn . (Children could read this anytime. It makes a great black history month selection or an anytime read)

Vision of Beauty: Candlewick Biographies: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker Paperback – September 11, 2012by Kathryn Lasky-A vision of dignity and freedom and a powerful role model for girls and women of all races


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