Madam C. J. Walker was a very well known inventor and business woman in the United States, and the richest African-American woman in the first half of the 20th century. She also was the first American women of any race to become a millionaire of her own efforts.
On December 23, 1876 Sara Breedlove was born In Delta, Louisiana
to her loving parents (Minerva and Owen Breedlove). The Breedloves,
her ex-slaves parents, were sharecroppers and didn't make much. She
had to work hard like many African-American families (at that time).
By the age of seven she was an orphan and went to live with her sister-in-law
( Louvenia) and niece in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She had little education
because of her family situation and because of her race. At age 14
she was married to Moses McWilliam to get away from her abusive brother-in-law.
In 1905 she moved to Denver and worked as a Malone sales agent. She wanted to improve African-American hair so she decided to sell her products door-to-door. Later that July she started her own company, Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Co. She manufactured vegetable shampoo, hair scalp disease treatment, hair straightening combs just to name a few. Although she did not invent the straightening comb she improved it.
One of her famous quotes: "I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparation.....I have built my own factory on my own ground." The great-great-grand daughter and the author of the linked website above.
Researched by Katherine Scott and Zekita Shaw@ CyberCamp'99