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Madam C.J. Walker

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Madam C.J. Walker

  1. 1. Madame C.J. Walker By Danielle Faden and Dorothy Raginsky
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Explain Madame CJ Walker’s life </li></ul><ul><li>Show why she was important around the 1920s </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>African-American woman </li></ul><ul><li>Given name: Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker </li></ul><ul><li>Born in 1867 in Louisiana </li></ul><ul><li>Orphaned at age 7, worked on cotton fields with older sister to survive </li></ul>
  4. 4. In The Beginning <ul><li>After the death of her first husband, she moved in with her brothers who were barbers </li></ul><ul><li>Got involved in the National Association of Colored Women </li></ul>
  5. 5. Getting Started <ul><li>She had a scalp problem that caused her to lose hair </li></ul><ul><li>Experimented with home remedies </li></ul><ul><li>Used some home remedies made by another black woman, Annie Malone </li></ul>
  6. 6. Getting into the Business <ul><li>In 1905, she moved to Denver to work as a sales agent for Malone </li></ul><ul><li>Married Charles Joseph Walker and changed her name to Madame CJ Walker </li></ul>Annie Malone
  7. 7. Cosmetics <ul><li>Founded her own business in Denver </li></ul><ul><li>Developed her own scalp healing product, “Madame Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower” </li></ul><ul><li>Began a large sales campaign across the U.S. (mainly the south) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Advertisements
  9. 9. Advertisement and her Business Card
  10. 10. Growing Business <ul><li>Madame Walker opened a college in Pittsburg in order to train her “hair culturists” </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetics factory/headquarters opened in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1910 </li></ul>Walker (left) with prominent businessmen
  11. 11. Strong Business <ul><li>The company became a national corporation with over 3,000 employees at one point </li></ul><ul><li>Offered jobs to many African-American women </li></ul>Madame Walker with some of her cosmetic agents
  12. 12. Success <ul><li>Madame Walker became the first self-made African-American woman millionaire </li></ul><ul><li>She used her prominent position for philanthropy </li></ul>Madame CJ Walker’s home
  13. 13. Legacy <ul><li>Died in 1919 at age 52 </li></ul><ul><li>The Walker Theater (a cultural arts center) opened in Indianapolis in her honor </li></ul><ul><li>Became the first African-American woman on a United States postage stamp in 1998 </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Walker Theater <ul><li>Madame Walker worked on her theater until her death in 1919. Her daughter continued to work on it until it opened in 1927. </li></ul><ul><li>It faced the possible demolition during the 1970s but dedicated African American citizens saw the rich history in it so, it had to be saved. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>The End </li></ul>We hope you enjoyed our presentation and learned something about Madame C.J. Walker!