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On the third week of Black History Month, we are celebrating all the ambitious and extraordinary Black entrepreneurs who made history by achieving more than anyone thought was possible.
Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist who became the first self-made woman millionaire in the U.S. Despite living at a time of severe racial discrimination and sexism, Walker built a remarkably successful beauty empire. She manufactured cosmetics and beauty products designed specifically for Black hair, having suffered from hair loss herself.
With her business acumen and ingenuity, Walker quickly gained a loyal following and became one of the wealthiest African American women of her time. As her influence grew, she began to use her position to advocate for the advancement of Black Americans and dedicated herself to philanthropy. She contributed to the Indianapolis YMCA, covered tuition for six African American students, and became active in the anti-lynching movement, donating $5,000 to the NAACP’s efforts. Learn more...
More Leadership Quotes for Black History Month:
⚡️Andrea Jenkins: "If you can conceive it, and believe it, you can achieve it. But there must be a plan. We have to set goals. Review them constantly. Shift directions when necessary. But, always stay focused."