“I’m a girl that got here from the cotton fields of the South; I used to be promoted from there to the wash-tub; then I used to be promoted to the prepare dinner kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the enterprise of producing hair items and preparations.”
–Madam C. J. Walker, Nationwide Negro Enterprise League Conference, 1912
Now, from a author acclaimed for her novels and the memoir Crossed Over, a exceptional biography of a really heroic determine.
Madam C. J. Walker created a cosmetics empire and have become generally known as the primary feminine self-made millionaire on this nation’s historical past, a famous philanthropist and champion of girls’s rights and financial freedom. These achievements appear nothing lower than miraculous on condition that she was born, in 1867, to former slaves in a hamlet on the Mississippi River. How she got here to dwell on one other river, the Hudson, in a Westchester County mansion, and in a New York Metropolis city home, is directly inspirational and mysterious, as a result of for all that’s recognized in regards to the well-known entrepreneur, a lot that occurred earlier than her magnificent transformation—years that hint a circuitous route throughout the nation—stays obscure.
By respiration life into scattered clues and dry info, and with a deep understanding of the instances and locations by means of which Madam Walker moved, Beverly Lowry tells a narrative that stretches from the antebellum South to the Harlem Renaissance and bridges almost a century of our historical past in her seek for the distant truths of a girl who defied all odds and redefined standard expectations.
“Wherever there was one coloured individual, whether or not it was a metropolis, a city, or a puddle by the railroad tracks, all people knew her title.”
–Violet Davis Reynolds, Stenographer, Madam C. J. Walker Co
From the Hardcover version.