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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