Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Madam C.J. Walker

February is Black History Month in the United States. Started way back in 1925 as Negro History Week, and set during the month containing the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, it was expanded to the entire month of February in 1976 and renamed Black History Month.

I just ran across this blogpost from Mocha Writes mentioning the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, the first African American millionnairess. I was reminded of a wonderful presentation I attended a few years ago at the Smithsonian by her great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, who had written a book about her life and legacy, “On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker.” It’s a wonderful read.

Check out this video of Bundles talking about Walker’s rise to fame and fortune:

Walker was also featured prominently in a book and traveling exhibit a few years ago, Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business.

So sometime this month, take a few moments to reflect upon the hard work, accomplishments and enduring legacy of this phenomenal woman.

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3 thoughts on “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Madam C.J. Walker

  1. Dear Ms. Weeks,
    Thank you very much for featuring Madam C. J. Walker and for the kind words about my book.
    I’m always thrilled when others are inspired by her story. Today our family keeps Madam Walker’s legacy alive through the Walker Theatre Center, a National Historic Landmark in Indianapolis (www.walkertheatre.com); through our books and speeches; through honoring successful entrepreneurs; and through our Walker Family Archives of photographs, letters, business documents and personal items that belonged to Madam Walker and her daughter, A’Lelia Walker.
    I look forward to learning more about Womenable and the important work you are doing.
    A’Lelia Bundles

    • I visited the Walker Theater when I was in Indianapolis last year. I had forgotten that her empire was based there and was glad to find out that it was so close to the downtown area where I was staying. I’m so glad that the building and her archives have been preserved.

  2. I just wanted to inform you and your readers of this very important fact – Madame C.J. Walker’s historic company still exists today and has never stopped manufacturing all of the original hair oils! Please visit our website at http://www.madamewalker.net to view and purchase the full product line. The website also contains valuable information about Raymond Randolph’s purchase of the original Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company in 1985 from the Walker Trustees in Indianapolis, Indiana and how his family continues to keep Madame Walker’s “true” legacy alive. Due to our ownership of Madame’s historic company and the historical documents and memorabilia of the company, the Randolph Family can provide the most detailed and historically sound information about Madame C.J. Walker and her company by calling toll free, 866-552-2838 or going to the contact us page of our website. 

    Angela Randolph

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