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Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 in Delta, Louisiana, Walker was the daughter of former slaves. Orphaned at the age of seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty, Madam C.J. Walker dreamed of a better life. In 1905, she invented a new hair-care preparation for black women and began selling it door-to-door. Her product was an instant success, and she soon opened her own cosmetics company, adding hundreds of black women as employees as the company grew. As her wealth increased, she made substantial contributions ...
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Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 in Delta, Louisiana, Walker was the daughter of former slaves. Orphaned at the age of seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty, Madam C.J. Walker dreamed of a better life. In 1905, she invented a new hair-care preparation for black women and began selling it door-to-door. Her product was an instant success, and she soon opened her own cosmetics company, adding hundreds of black women as employees as the company grew. As her wealth increased, she made substantial contributions to causes: black schools, orphanages and civil rights organizations. After becoming the first self-made black female millionaire in America, she used her wealth and position to campaign for the rights of black war veterans and for federal antilynching legislation. Rising quite literally from rags to riches, she gave black women an unparalleled example of pride and self-determination.

A biography of the Afro-American businesswoman whose invention of facial creams and other cosmetics led to great financial success and who, throughout her life, devoted herself to many social and political causes.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780870675973
  • Publisher: Holloway House Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Black American Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    Not the best Walker biography

    For the most accurate and comprehensive biography of Madam Walker, read the books by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam is an award-winning biography based on many years of research. Madam C. J. Walker: Entrepreneur is a young adult version written for younger readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    with out her

    With out Madame C.J. Walker we wouldn't look like we do now. I was in a play about her life and I played as her in a shop. Her life has made me think twice about mine. Take a stand a make a difference.

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