December 23, 1867

“If I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.” Madam C.J. Walker 

Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker American Entrepreneur is born.

Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. She was the first female self-made millionaire in the United States. She became one of the wealthiest self-made women in America, the wealthiest African-American women in the country, and one of the most successful women and African-American business owners ever.

Walker made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women through Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the successful business she founded. Walker was also known for her philanthropy and activism. She made financial donations to numerous organizations and became a patron of the arts. Villa Lewaro, Walker’s lavish estate in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, served as a social gathering place for the African-American community.

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