“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.”

Madam Walker
July 1912

A'Lelia Bundles Talks About Madam Walker

Madam Walker's Secrets to Success

If you're doing research about Walker, you'll find dozens of articles, videos and links in our special Black History Report Guide.

For media queries and licensing questions, please contact Walker's biographer and great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles at www.aleliabundles.com ...but if you are writing a Black History Report, please click here first.

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A’Lelia Bundles, Madam CJ Walker Family Archives

Black History Resources

Welcome to the Official Madam Walker Black History Page!

Every year we hear from hundreds of people who are writing reports about Madam Walker, portraying her in school plays and church presentations, and conducting research for National History Day projects. We’re delighted that you’ve chosen her as your subject.

On this page you’ll learn about the many dimensions of Madam Walker’s life as an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a political activist and a patron of the arts as well as a pioneer of the hair care industry. As Madam Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and official family biographer, A’Lelia Bundles has spent many years researching and writing about Madam Walker. After a thirty year career as an Emmy-award winning television news producer and executive, she now is president of the Madam Walker Family Archives and president and chair of the board of the National Archives Foundation. Her book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, was named a New York Times Notable Book and has been called the definitive biography of Madam Walker. It is used in many college courses.

Another book you will find helpful in your research is The Madam Walker Theatre Center: An Indianapolis Treasure. You can order both books by clicking here. 


Please click on the  following links for articles and videos about Madam Walker.

Resources for: Students Grades 1-12    

Resources for: Teachers & Parents     

Resources for: Scholars/College Level

If you have additional questions, please send an email to [email protected]


Madam Walker’s Secrets to Success (PHOTOS!) Biography.com 2015

How Madam Walker Became an Entrepreneur (IBD 2015)

Madam Walker Bio#1

Madam Walker Bio#2 

Video Tribute to Madam Walker (Oct 2014)                                                                                                   

Madam Walker as a Patron of the Arts

Madam Walker’s Legacy: A Family Perspective

Madam Walker’s 1917 Convention 

Biography.com includes a brief written bio and three great videos about Walker

Harvard Business School Case Study 

 Madam Walker Frequently Asked Questions 

On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam Walker/CHAPTER 1 Excerpt

Madam Walker Videos http://www.aleliabundles.com/news-room/audiovideo/

Madam Walker Theatre Center  http://www.thewalkertheatre.org/

Madam Walker Family Archives http://madamwalkerfamilyarchives.wordpress.com/

Madam Walker’s Mansion HGTV Video about Villa Lewaro

You can purchase a poster and other Madam Walker items at our Madam Walker Family Archives Store.

The Madam Walker Family Archives houses the largest private collection of Madam Walker photos.