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Madam Walker and the Doctors Dumas of Natchez

Combine clues in a faded letter from November 1916 with the algorithms of Facebook and the distance across the decades evaporates. Finding descendants and relatives of people who knew my great-great-grandmother, Madam C. J. Walker, and her daughter, A’Lelia Walker, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Madam Walker’s Legacy: A Walker Family Perspective

One of my earliest memories of my great-great-grandmother’s existence is seeing her monogram on the silverware we used everyday. “CJW” for “C. J. Walker,” the name Sarah Breedlove McWilliams adopted after marrying her third husband, Charles Joseph Walker. I grew … Continue reading

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Madam Walker’s 1917 Convention: Entrepreneurship & Protest Politics

On August 31, 1917, Madam C. J. Walker hosted the first national convention of her Walker “beauty culturists” at Philadelphia’s Union Baptist Church. More than 200 women from all over the United States gathered to learn about sales, marketing and … Continue reading

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Faith Ringgold’s “The Sunflowers Quilting Bee at Arles” and Madam C. J. Walker

Between friendship links on Facebook and research on Ancestry.com (which I’ve decided is Facebook for the dearly departed), I’ve been able to make connections and conduct a level of intimate research for my new book about my great-grandmother, A’Lelia Walker, that I … Continue reading

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Madam Walker’s Shawl and the Iconic 1912 Addison Scurlock Portrait

July is always a month of memories for me because my grandfather, Marion Rowland Perry, Jr. was born on July 11 and my mother, A’Lelia Mae Perry Bundles, on July 22. During the summer of 1982–as I was in the … Continue reading

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Woodlawn Cemetery–Burial Place of Madam Walker–Designated National Historic Landmark

June 30, 2011: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that The Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx–where enterpreneur Madam C. J. Walker and her Harlem Renaissance arts patron daughter, A’Lelia Walker, are buried–has been designated a National Historic Landmark, … Continue reading

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Lyric Tenor Roland Hayes’s January 1924 Chicago Performance

I learned to read music on a Chickering baby grand piano that had belonged to my great-grandmother, A’Lelia Walker, but it really was my mother, A’Lelia Mae Perry Bundles, and my grandmother, Mae Walker Perry, who had musical talent. As the … Continue reading

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