A Thing of Beauty

 2007 Torches of Life Award

“I have built my own factory on my own ground.” Madam CJ Walker

Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 on a Delta, Louisiana plantation, the woman who was to become the first female self-made millionaire in America built more than a factory. She built an empire. Madam CJ Walker was a pioneer in the development of the modern beauty industry. Long before there was Avon or Mary Kay Cosmetics, Madam CJ Walker created the concept of training her own beauty representatives and the home parties for ladies to buy her line of products. She hosted conventions for her beauty consultants. She gave out prizes to those who had the best sales, but even more she gave out prizes to those who had given the most to charity. Madam CJ Walker believed in success, but she believed even more that the successful should give back to humanity.

On June 23rd I attended a magnificent event. A’lelia Bundles, the great-great granddaughher of Madam Walker came to Baton Rouge to accept the posthumous induction of Madam Walker into the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame. Ms. Bundles graciously accepted the honor on behalf of the Walker family. All  who attended came away inspired to reach higher and dream bigger.


A’lelia Bundles is an accomplished woman in her own right. She is an author, Emmy Award winning producer and former ABC News executive.

 Learn more about her and the incredible woman who rose so high from such humble beginnings at Madam CJ Walker.com

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4 Responses to A Thing of Beauty

  1. Dear Ms. Hubbard,
    Thank you for your kind words about Madam Walker and Saturday evening’s event in Baton Rouge. I am grateful to Brenda Perry and the board of the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame. I hope your website visitors will learn more about the work the LBHHF is doing to celebrate Louisianans who have made significant contributions to history and to their communities.
    Best wishes,
    A’Lelia Bundles

  2. lynnemery says:

    I’m honored you stopped by to comment. Thank you for preserving and sharing the contributions of Madam Walker to not just African-American history, but to American history.

  3. Thanks for the information, Lynn. I enjoyed your piece on Madam Walker and was pleased to know that her legacy lives on through her family and the efforts of the LBHHF.

    Love & Peace,

  4. Lynn,

    I also want to thank you for sharing information on Madam Walker and for giving us “Be Encouraged”. I can always count on you to brighten my day.

    I will continue to follow the progress of LBHHF.

    Many Blessings,


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