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African American History: Madam C. J. Walker

 

Madame-CJ-Walker-before-and-after

These days a self-made female millionaire is not that far fetched. Back in the 1800s  a female in power was not only uncommon but borderline illegal, but you know what was more rare than that? A female African American self-made millionaire. Madam C. J Walker was that rare.

With all the back and forth about African American History Month in the media we forget that history is history, American history. The “African American” coming before the History part is not a way to point out a difference in a negative way but it is simply a way to embrace and celebrate a beautiful rich culture, an American culture to be exact.

Back to Madam C. J Walker, a confident African American queen who chose to get ahead even in the most trying times. She understood that women of color needed to embrace their beauty and executed a plan. “I got my start by giving myself a start.” – MCJW.

“Madam C.J. Walker was born 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 products in 1905. She promoted 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 savvy business acumen led her to be one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. She was also known for her philanthropic endeavors including donating the largest amount of money by an African-American toward the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA in 1913.”  As per Madam C.J. Walker Biography by A&E Television Networks

This picture is iconic for so many reasons. This is a woman that opened doors for not only women of color but for ALL women.

This picture is iconic for so many reasons. This is a woman that opened doors for not only women of color but for ALL women.

 

Lets celebrate those who opened doors. Be light, be love in a world that can sometimes get a little dark

-House of Alice Rose-