Madam C.J. Walker created specialised hair products for African American hair care and was one of the first African American women to become a self-made millionaire.
Road to success
Born as Sarah Breedlove to enslaved parents, Walker was the first in her family to be born free.
During the 1890s, Sarah developed a scalp disorder that caused her to lose much of her hair, and she began to experiment with both home remedies and store-bought hair care treatments in an attempt to improve her condition.
In 1907 Walker and her husband travelled around the country promoting her products and giving lecture demonstrations of her “Walker Method” — involving her own formula for pomade, brushing and the use of heated combs.
By 1908, Walker opened a factory and a beauty school which provided millions in profit and lead to her title of being the first self-made black female millionaire.
Why do we celebrate?
We celebrate Madam CJ Walker for not only her success as a woman but her success as an African American who excelled at a time where black excellence was stifled.
We share her story to shine light on the achievements of black people and turn stories like hers into common knowledge.
The history of Madam CJ Walker should be encouraged and celebrated so that we can acknowledge the great examples set before us and strive to be like her in regards to success, ambition and drive.
A history as inspiring and monumental as Madam C J Walker’s gives hope and a sense of pride to the black community.