Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker, was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. She became one of the wealthiest African American women in the country, “the world’s most successful female entrepreneur of her time.”After suffering from hair loss, she invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905. Walker was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. She also donated the largest amount of money by an African-American toward the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA in 1913.

“Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.”

(Dec. 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919)

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