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Madam CJ Walker

The first african american millionare

Sydney Sterling

on 4 March 2011

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MADAM CJ WALKER born on December 23rd, 1876, died in 1919 in New York, New York Madam CJ Walker was born as Sarah Breedlove. Her parents die of yellow fever whe she was only seven. Then married at the age of 14, and became a widow at age of 20 She became one of the first African American Women Millionares. 1867- Born as Sarah Breedlove.
1878- Yellow fever epidemic strikes killing many and the cotton crop was spoiled.
1881- Sarah left her sister and married one Moses McWilliams.
1885- Sarah has a daughter, Lelia.
1887- Moses dies.
1887- Sarah moves to St. Louis.
1905- Sarah moves to Denver, Colorado.
1906- Sarah got married to Charles Joseph Walker, becoming Madame C. J. Walker.
1908- Madame Walker moved to Pittsburgh and opened the Lelia college.
1910- Madame Walker moved to Indianapolis, Indiana to start her headquarters for her hair products.
1919- Madame Walker dies.
By the time she was in her late thirties, Sarah was contending with hair loss because of a combination of stress and damaging hair care products. After experimenting with various methods, she developed a formula of her own that caused her hair to grow again quickly. She often recounted that after praying about her hair, she was given the formula in a dream. When friends and family members noticed how Sarah's hair grew back, they began to ask her to duplicate her product for them. She began to prepare her formula at home, selling it to friends and family and marketing it door to door. Madams Timeline: Madam Walker began selling hair care products around 1904 and founded her company in 1906. She did not "invent" hair care products, but she was one of the first to develop a nationally distributed line of products for African American woman. Hair care products have been used by women of all races and ethnic origins since ancient times. Madam also made a formula that would straighten curly hair. She started manufacturing it in labrotories. Then, she hired people to sell her things to African-American women door-to-door. She also made pressing oils, shampoos, and pompades to keep the African-American women's hair soft. Madam made her hair inventions in St. Louis, where she lived at the time. she was the first to develop a nationally distributed line of products for African-American women. When people saw Madams hair growing back, they asked her for a duplicate of her formula, her buisness had started Without Madam CJ Walker, more people would be having hair problems. Anyone, whether they were African American or not.
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