Madame C. J. Walker, painted by Bettye W. Harwell. (private collection)
A recent WordPress post on Black History by The Solipsistic Me tells the story of Madame Walker. There is a museum and cultural center in Indianapolis, IN in honor of her life. She developed products for the care of Black women‘s hair after suffering loss of hair herself. From that beginning she addressed the need for other beauty products. Women were empowered, through the training she offered, to start their own beauty businesses.
She became wealthy and was very generous to causes she believed in. She donated money to Tuskegee Institute and many other causes.
Some years ago, I was selected to make cards for the Constance Kay company. Initially selecting me was based on paintings with African American themes. This company does outstanding artist notecards sold over the world. Most are hand-made. My handmade designs were popular, including a contract with Disney’s stores. I certainly had to read up on Mickey and Minnie and other characters!
A’Lelia Bundles, the daughter of Madame Walker, has written a biography well worth reading.
- Black History Month 2012: Madam C.J. Walker (leartisteboots.wordpress.com)
- Madam C. J. Walker born (oup.com)
- Women In History: Madame C.J. Walker (hellobeautiful.com)
- A’Lelia Bundles Promotes Bill Honoring Madam CJ Walker [INTERVIEW] (hellobeautiful.com)