On Her Own Ground

  • Filename: on-her-own-ground.
  • ISBN: 9780743215701
  • Release Date: 2001-05-25
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: A'Lelia Bundles
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker—the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist—by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles. The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then—with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women—everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century politi-cal figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. On Her Own Ground is not only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history's most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon. Drawn from more than two decades of exhaustive research, the book is enriched by the author's exclusive access to personal letters, records and never-before-seen photographs from the family collection. Bundles also showcases Walker's complex relationship with her daughter, A'Lelia Walker, a celebrated hostess of the Harlem Renaissance and renowned friend to both Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In chapters such as “Freedom Baby,” “Motherless Child,” “Bold Moves” and “Black Metropolis,” Bundles traces her ancestor's improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by four generations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Along the way, On Her Own Ground reveals surprising insights, tells fascinating stories and dispels many misconceptions.

On Her Own Ground

  • Filename: on-her-own-ground.
  • ISBN: 0743431723
  • Release Date: 2002-01-01
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: A'Lelia Bundles
  • Publisher: Scribner



On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker—the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist—by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles. The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then—with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women—everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century politi-cal figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. On Her Own Ground is not only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history's most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon. Drawn from more than two decades of exhaustive research, the book is enriched by the author's exclusive access to personal letters, records and never-before-seen photographs from the family collection. Bundles also showcases Walker's complex relationship with her daughter, A'Lelia Walker, a celebrated hostess of the Harlem Renaissance and renowned friend to both Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In chapters such as “Freedom Baby,” “Motherless Child,” “Bold Moves” and “Black Metropolis,” Bundles traces her ancestor's improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by four generations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Along the way, On Her Own Ground reveals surprising insights, tells fascinating stories and dispels many misconceptions.

Madam C J Walker s Road to Success

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker-s-road-to-success.
  • ISBN: 9781452024431
  • Release Date: 2010-08
  • Number of pages: 36
  • Author: Donnette Black
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse



This is the story of Sarah Breedlove better known as Madam C.J. Walker who struggled to success through poverty and other misfortunes and yet became not only America's first self made female millionaire but also America's first African American millionaire. Through determination, faith and dedication she was able to not only make her own dreams come true, but become an inspiration and aide for many others as well.

Madam C J Walker

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker.
  • ISBN: 9780766041059
  • Release Date: 2013-01-01
  • Number of pages: 24
  • Author: Pat McKissack
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Inc.



"A simple biography about Madam CJ Walker for early readers"--Provided by publisher.

Madam C J Walker

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker.
  • ISBN: 0870675974
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Cookie Lommel
  • Publisher: Holloway House Publishing



A biography of the Afro-American businesswoman whose invention of facial creams and other cosmetics led to great financial success and who, throughout her life, devoted herself to many social and political causes.

Madam C J Walker

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker.
  • ISBN: 0766012042
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Della A. Yannuzzi
  • Publisher: Enslow Pub Incorporated



A biography of the African-American woman who went from being a laundress to a self-made millionaire.

Madam C J Walker

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015021587491
  • Release Date: 1991
  • Number of pages: 110
  • Author: A'Lelia Perry Bundles
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Pub



A biography of the Afro-American businesswoman whose invention of facial creams and other cosmetics led to great financial success and who, throughout her life, devoted herself to many social and political causes.

Madam C J Walker

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker.
  • ISBN: 0756518830
  • Release Date: 2006-12-01
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Darlene R. Stille
  • Publisher: Capstone



Examines the life and career of Madam C.J. Walker, including her childhood, her first job of washing clothes, and her achievement of becoming America's first female African American millionaire.

Madam C J Walker

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker.
  • ISBN: 1562943383
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Author: Penny Colman
  • Publisher:



A biography of the woman whose expose of the insane asylums in New York City in the late 1800s was the beginning of her journalistic career."

Borrowed Names

  • Filename: borrowed-names.
  • ISBN: 9781429959407
  • Release Date: 2010-03-16
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Jeannine Atkins
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)



As a child, Laura Ingalls Wilder traveled across the prairie in a covered wagon. Her daughter, Rose, thought those stories might make a good book, and the two created the beloved Little House series. Sara Breedlove, the daughter of former slaves, wanted everything to be different for her own daughter, A'Lelia. Together they built a million-dollar beauty empire for women of color. Marie Curie became the first person in history to win two Nobel prizes in science. Inspired by her mother, Irène too became a scientist and Nobel prize winner. Borrowed Names is the story of these extraordinary mothers and daughters. Borrowed Names is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Her Dream of Dreams

  • Filename: her-dream-of-dreams.
  • ISBN: 9780307765956
  • Release Date: 2011-07-20
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Author: Beverly Lowry
  • Publisher: Vintage



“I am a woman that came from the cotton fields of the South; I was promoted from there to the wash-tub; then I was promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations.” --Madam C. J. Walker, National Negro Business League Convention, 1912 Now, from a writer acclaimed for her novels and the memoir Crossed Over, a remarkable biography of a truly heroic figure. Madam C. J. Walker created a cosmetics empire and became known as the first female self-made millionaire in this nation’s history, a noted philanthropist and champion of women’s rights and economic freedom. These achievements seem nothing less than miraculous given that she was born, in 1867, to former slaves in a hamlet on the Mississippi River. How she came to live on another river, the Hudson, in a Westchester County mansion, and in a New York City town house, is at once inspirational and mysterious, because for all that is known about the famous entrepreneur, much that occurred before her magnificent transformation—years that trace a circuitous route across the country—remains obscure. By breathing life into scattered clues and dry facts, and with a deep understanding of the times and places through which Madam Walker moved, Beverly Lowry tells a story that stretches from the antebellum South to the Harlem Renaissance and bridges nearly a century of our history in her search for the distant truths of a woman who defied all odds and redefined conventional expectations. “Wherever there was one colored person, whether it was a city, a town, or a puddle by the railroad tracks, everybody knew her name.” --Violet Davis Reynolds, Stenographer, Madam C. J. Walker Co From the Hardcover edition.

Madam C J Walker and New Cosmetics

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker-and-new-cosmetics.
  • ISBN: 0736896473
  • Release Date: 2006-09-01
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Katherine E. Krohn
  • Publisher: Capstone



In graphic novel format, describes the life and accomplishments of the first self-made female millionaire of any race.

Madam C J Walker

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker.
  • ISBN: 1403442576
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: M. C. Hall
  • Publisher: Capstone Classroom



Great minds not only think alike, they can influence young minds to better understand their world. Each of these carefully researched biographies of inspirational men and women is supported by a variety of primary source material - newspaper clippings, family photographs, and correspondence - designed to inform as well as to encourage young readers to take on their own investigations.

Madam C J Walker

  • Filename: madam-c-j-walker.
  • ISBN: 156766721X
  • Release Date: 2000-01-01
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Author: Lori Hobkirk
  • Publisher: Childs World Incorporated



A biography of Sarah Breedlove Walker who, though born in poverty, pioneered in hair and beauty care products for black women, and became a great financial success.

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