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									Madam C.J. Walker




     1867-1919
The Beginning
   Madame C.J. Walker was
    born on December 23,
    1867 in Delta, Louisiana,
    she was the daughter of
    Owen and Minerva
    Breedlove.
   Her parents were slaves
    both working as
    sharecroppers. When
    Walker was 7 years old her
    parents past away and she
    ended up moving in with
    her sister Louvina and her
    husband.
Her New Life
When Walker was 14 she ran away
 because her brother-in-law was beating
 her.
At the age of fourteen married a man
 named Moses McWilliams and in 1885
 gave birth to a baby girl, Lelia.
About two years later her husband was
 murdered.
On Her Own
   After the tragedy
    of Moses, Sarah
    moved with her
    daughter to St.
    Louis, Missouri
    where she worked
    as a cook and
    housecleaner.
Her Hair falling out
   All of the stress and
    hardship had begun to take
    its toll on her and she found
    her hair falling out.
   She tried several products
    which claimed would help
    her condition but nothing
    seemed to work
              Nothing Worked
   She realized that there
    were almost no hair
    products available for
    Blacks
   So she decided to go
    into business, selling
    hair products to Black
    women
Financing Her Business
   In 1905 Sarah's
    brother died and she
    moved to Denver,
    Colorado to live with
    her sister-in-law. When
    she arrived in Denver
    she had only $2.00 in
    her pocket yet she
    worked during the day
    as a cook in order to
    finance her part time
    business.
               “Madam CJ Walker”
   she met Charles Joseph "C.J." Walker, a
    newspaperman with a great ability for marketing.
    She married Walker on January 4, 1906 and the
    couple set up the "Madam CJ Walker
    Manufacturing Company" and began placing
    advertisements in Black newspapers throughout the
    United States.
   Although they were successful team, they disagreed
    as to how much the company should grow. After
    years of struggling and suffering, Sarah wanted her
    company to grow immensely and divorced him in
    order to devote herself to the business
Her Hard Work
   She continued on with
    many of the ideas he
    had passed on to her,
    including going door-
    to-door to sell the
    products.
   Her hard work paid
    off and in 1906 she
    brought her daughter
    Lelia, a recent college
    graduate, in to
    manage the company.
Lelia College
   In 1908, Sarah
    started Lelia College
    in Pittsburgh,
    Pennsylvania, which
    trained women to
    sell her products
    door-to-door and by
    1910 had more than
    1,000 sales agents.
Her Success
                 By 1914, the woman who
                  only nine years earlier had
                  only $2.00 to her name was
                  now worth more than one
                  million dollars
                 Her products ranged from
                  hair conditioners and facial
                  creams to hot combs
                  specially made for the hair of
                  Black consumers.
                 The She pasted away on
                  May 25, 1919
Sources
Bellis, Mary. "Madame C.J. Walker (1867-1919)."
  2005. New York Times Company. 20 Sep. 2005
<http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blwalker
  .htm>.

Bundles, A'Lelia. "Walker, Madam C. J. Walker". 20
 May. 1999. The Lewaro Corporation. 20 Sep. 2005
 <http://www.madamcjwalker.com>.

								
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