March 22: Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919)

Madam C.J. Walker was a Black American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social activist who is credited with being the first self-made female millionaire in the United States. Born in Louisiana in 1867, Walker faced poverty and discrimination throughout her early life. She developed a line of hair care products for Black women and established her own company, the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, which became incredibly successful. In addition to her business ventures, Walker was deeply committed to philanthropy and used her wealth to support causes related to education, health care, and social justice. She also became involved in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and used her influence to advocate for racial equality and women's rights. Walker's life and work continue to be celebrated as a symbol of Black entrepreneurship, resilience, and philanthropy.


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