Friday, February 4, 2011


Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker, better known as Madame CJ Walker, together with Marjorie Joyner revolutionized the hair care and cosmetics industry for African American women early in the 20th century.
Eventually, her products formed the basis of a thriving national corporation employing at one point over 3,000 people. Her Walker System, which included a broad offering of cosmetics, licensed Walker Agents, and Walker Schools offered meaningful employment and personal growth to thousands of Black women. Madame Walker’s aggressive marketing strategy combined with relentless ambition led her to be labeled as the first known African-American woman to become a self-made millionaire.

Madame Walker - Beauty Ad
One of Madam CJ Walker's ADs

Portrait of Madame CJ Walker

The great Madam CJ Walker


  1. Thanks very much for featuring Madam Walker on your blog today. As her great-great-granddaughter and biographer--and as president of the Walker Family Archives--I'm always thrilled when others are inspired by her story. Today we keep Madam Walker's legacy alive through the Walker Theatre Center, a National Historic Landmark in Indianapolis (; through our books and speeches; through honoring successful entrepreneurs; and through our Walker Family Archive of photographs, letters, business documents and personal items that we share with the public. I hope you and your visitors will have a chance to read my book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker and to visit our websites
    A'Lelia Bundles

  2. Thank you for taking time to leave a comment, we are very much inspired by Ms. Walker, as an entrepreneur she was ahead of her time. Thanks again & we will be checking our you book & site. we hope you continue to check out ours


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