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 Foundation for the National Archives. 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.
Black History Month 2014: Madam Walker as a Patron of the Arts
Biography.com includes a brief written bio and three great videos about Walker
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 Family Archives http://madamwalkerfamilyarchives.wordpress.com/
Madam Walker’s Mansion http://www.madamwalkerestate.com/
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.