Black History Month Spotlight: Madam C. J. Walker


Madam C. J. Walker is among the most significant women in the history of African-American entrepreneurship. She was one of the first American women to become a self made-made millionaire, often referred to as "The worlds most successful female entrepreneur of her time."

Madam C. J. Walker was able to attend one of the few college programs for cosmetology available in the country at the time. She learned and mastered the science of Black cosmetology. She made her fortune by creating the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. The company was successful at creating and marketing hair and beauty products tailored to black women.

Madam C. J. Walker's philanthropic efforts focused on anti-lynching campaigns among other efforts. She took up many political and social causes that sought to improve the standard of living for African-Americans. She also made many financial donations to various education and art programs throughout the country. Her legacy and ingenuity has contributed to, and inspired countless black-owned businesses in America.