“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