Black History Culture : Sarah Breedlove a.ka. Madam CJ Walker

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  1. MzBlkAngel

    MzBlkAngel Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Sarah Breedlove was born in Delta, Louisiana, on Dec. 23, 1867, the daughter of Owen and Minerva Breedlove. Orphaned at six, she moved to Vicksburg with her sister, Louvenia, when she was ten. At the age of fourteen she married Moses (Jeff) McWilliams. They had a daughter, A'Lelia, born in 1885. McWilliams died in 1887, said to have been the victim of a race riot in Greenwood, Mississippi

    http://www.indianahistory.org/pop_hist/people/walker.html
     
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    Outstanding drop of history here! :jumping: :great:
     
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    I didn't know she died in a race riot, thanks for the info MBA!
     
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    Pan, Actually her husband Moses (Jeff) McWilliams deid in the riot in 1887. Madam CJ walker did not pass away until May 25, 1919, at the age of 51.

    Madam CJ Walker was an inventor and businesswoman. In 1905 Sarah Breedlove developed a conditioning treatment for straightening hair. Starting with door-to-door sales of her cosmetics. She was one of the first black african american woman who was a millionaire. As her wealth grew, Madam Walker gave increasing amounts to African American charities. One of her greatest landmarks is the Madam CJ Walker theater in Indianapolis, where her business headquarters was. Madame Walker was president and sole owner, provided employment for some three thousand persons. the mansion bulit in NewYork worth then $90,000 Indiana limestone townhouse at 108-110 West 136th Street

    Her great-great-granddaughter pushed for the landmark in Indianapolis,the revonation of the old building was 2.3 million. The block-square building houses a Greek-style theater, lunchroom, drugstore, beauty parlor, and private offices
     
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    Okay I misread that (which would explain why I never heard that), thanks for the correction!
     
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    so why do we honor some one who helped sisters straighten their hair?
    if that's the case there are a bunch of koreans and indians who should be honored.
    i put her in the same category as the local crack dealer.

    detrimental to the community.
     
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    james r u being serious?
     
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    I think you missed the point of the whole thread... but I tell you this I will not sit here and go back and forth with you either.

    Peace
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    I'll honor Madam Walker as a business woman (the 1st female millionaire in the country). Although she did promote/invent products to arguably "whiten" black women: Hair straightening, etc! She also was trying to make black women feel better about themselves. I understand what you are saying brother James, but sometimes we have to judge things at the time they occured!
     
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    I couldnt have said it better thank you Brother Pan.....
     
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