Black Beauty: Millionaire C. J. Walker

“If race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of a world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated”- Carter Woodson

As we all know October is the month ‘they’ dedicated to black history, on that note…

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Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America.

Nationality: American
Born two years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln , she was married at 14, and was left a widow at 20 with a little girl to support. She worked as a cook, washerwoman until she had reached the age of about 37. One morning while bending over her wash she suddenly realised that there was no prospect on her limited wage.

Madam. Walker developed Vegetable Shampoo, Wonderful Hair Grower, Vanishing Cream, and other beauty products for black women. Like most beauty products of the time, which promoted white standards of beauty, Walker’s products and treatments promised fairer complexions and straighter hair. After accumulating millions of dollars Madam Walker didn’t turn her back on her race instead she invested her money into education, she funded scholarships for black students, helped support young writers, and donated thousands of dollars to numerous of charities.

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If you need some motivation look into this ladies life, imagine she had to do this in an era and society that disregarded her race but she pushed forward and made it work. She paved the way for women so let’s continue on her path never sell yourself short. Sometimes  we are tested, not to show our weakness but to discover our strengths. Impossible isn’t something that can’t be done, it’s just something that hasn’t been done yet.

So whether you wear Peruvian, Malaysian, Brazilian, Remy or you just rock that natural fro, you must pay homage to this iconic lady she set the bar pretty high..

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