Madam C. J. Walker Resources
The child of former slaves, Madam C.J. Walker became the first self-made African-American millionaire. Like many entrepreneurs, she got her start by developing a solution to her own problem, and built a business built on her hair-growth product. Madam C.J. Walker’s empire eventually included a factory, a laboratory, and a beauty school, and she empowered other women of color by training them to become sales agents for her products. Find out more about the life and accomplishments of Madam C.J. Walker and how the brand she built has been revived.
A’Lelia Bundles, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker
Created by the Madam Walker Family Archives
History Channel, Biography & Video
National Women’s History Museum, Madam C. J. Walker
National Women’s Hall of Fame, Women of the Hall: Madam C. J. Walker
The New York Times, May 26, 1919, “Wealthiest Negress Dead” Madam C. J. Walker’s Obituary
PBS, “Madame Walker, the First Black American Woman to Be a Self-Made Millionaire,” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The Philadelphia Tribune, “Octavia Spencer Doesn’t Want Hollywood Resting on Its Laurels”
US National Archives, Madam C. J. Walker in the National Archives