All Eyes On Who Black History Month With Madam C.J. Walker

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Madam C.J. Walker was born on December 23, 1867, near Delta, Louisiana. After suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss, she invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905. She eventually established Madam C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians; she developed “Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower,” in 1906, a pioneer in the African-American beauty industry.

As profits continued to grow, in 1908 Walker opened a factory and a beauty school in Pittsburgh, and by 1910, when Walker transferred her business operations to Indianapolis, the Madame C.J. had become wildly successful, with profits that were the modern-day equivalent of several million dollars.She was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire. Her business was worth more than $1 million at the time of her death.

 

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