Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919), the daughter of former slaves, started life as a farm laborer and laundress but finished it as a pioneer of the modern African American hair care and cosmetics industry. A'Lelia Bundles, Walker's great-great-granddaughter, offers highlights of Walker's early life and her career as an innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Bundles is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker (2001).
A production of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center. Written and hosted by Will Eastman. Audio production and theme music by Will Eastman. Art Molella, executive producer. Maggie Dennis, podcast program manager. Joyce Bedi, webmaster. A'Lelia Bundles was interviewed on 29 January 2009 by Will Eastman. Podcast released 13 February 2009.
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