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On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker by ALelia Perry Bundles

Oprah Winfrey is renowned for her media savvy, marketing sense, philanthropic efforts, and accumulated wealth (and the power that accompanies it). Shes earned her rep, of course, and her path to stardom and influence couldnt have been easy. Imagine, then, how difficult it must have been a century ago for Madam C. J. Walker, Americas first female African-American millionaire. The daughter of slaves, married and divorced by the age of 20, Madam Walker spent nearly two decades as a lowly scrubwoman before concocting (or, as she claimed, being presented in a dream) the formula for a much needed hair care product for African-American women. After making her hair care business a resounding success, Walker devoted much of her time and resources to social causes and philanthropy.

In On Her Own Ground, ALelia Bundles, Walkers great-great-grandaughter and a woman of no small accomplishment herself (shes spent many years as a television news producer for NBC and ABC), offers an affectionate but unblinking portrait of Madam Walker. (Bundles mother urged her daughter from her deathbed not to worry about promoting a particular image of their famous forebear, to simply tell the truth.) Bundles also explores the complicated relationship between Madam Walker and her only slightly less renowned daughter (and the authors namesake), ALelia Walker, a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, and the elder Walkers interactions with such other seminal African-American figures as W. E. B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington.
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Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove. A resilient woman who found purpose in her need and made profit unimaginable. Uplifting women in a time they had no rights. She promoted equality in race and gender. I believe these characteristics and actions make her a radical change agent.

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She was born in the rural area of Louisiana in the year Her parents were former slaves, however, when she reached the age of 7, her parents died., Madam C.

Madam C. Born Sarah Breedlove, she was widowed by age 20 and took work as a laundress. A talent for self-promotion helped build a booming enterprise, and she spent lavishly on luxurious homes. Born Sarah Breedlove, the daughter of Louisiana sharecroppers, Walker was orphaned at six, married at fourteen, and widowed at twenty with a two-year-old daughter to care for. She resettled in St. Louis and went to work as a laundress.

Walker , was an African American entrepreneur , philanthropist , and the first female self-made millionaire in America. Walker Manufacturing Company. Sarah Breedlove was born on December 23, in Delta, Louisiana. Her parents and elder siblings were enslaved people on Madison Parish plantation, owned by Robert W. She was the first child in her family born into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Her mother died, possibly from cholera , in Her father remarried and died shortly afterward.


5 thoughts on “On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker by ALelia Perry Bundles

  1. Madam C.J. Walker invented a line of African American hair products after suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss. She promoted her products by traveling around the country giving lecture-demonstrations and eventually established Madame C.J. Walker.

  2. Walker , was an African-American entrepreneur , philanthropist , and a political and social activist.

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