Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Sharecropper's Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud Of Their Hair

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American history books are filled with stories about titans of industry - invariably, white men like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. Yet few know the name of Sarah Breedlove (1867-1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, a black female entrepreneur who built a hair-care company from scratch and became one of the most powerful African Americans in the early 20th century.

Walker was a woman who overcame great barriers to make it into the ranks of America's elite, choosing to reinvest her money in social causes and provide opportunity to those who had none. Collectors Weekly spoke with A'Lelia Bundles, Madam Walker's great-great-granddaughter, who helped uncover Walker's unique legacy in her detailed biography.

(thanks Hunter)

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