“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

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A’Lelia’s Speeches

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A’Lelia Bundles is Madam Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and official biographer. To contact A’Lelia for a public appearance, please visit her personal website at www.aleliabundles.com.




January 23:  “duPont Awards Investigate Reporting Panel”  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism/New York, NY

February 8:  “Black History Month Family Night”  Zion Baptist Church/ Washington, DC

February 18: “Emancipation/March on Washington”/Northern Virginia Comm College/Alexandria, VA

February 21: Columbia University Black Alumni Council  Heritage Award Columbia Club/New York, NY

February 23: “Descendants of the Struggle” Panel W.E.B. DuBois Conference Clark Atlanta University/Washington, DC

March 2: Jackie Robinson Foundation Annual Scholars ‘ Mentoring and Leadership Conference Grand Hyatt/New York, NY

May 18:  “The Challenge and the Call: Writing African American Biography” Panel at BIO-Compleat Biographer Conference Roosevelt Hotel/New York, NY

Link: complete calender


A’Lelia Bundles–author, Emmy Award winning producer and former ABC News executive — is Madam Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and biographer. Her bestselling book, On Her Own Ground:  The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker , was a 2001 New York Times Notable Book. An engaging speaker, Ms. Bundles has appeared at dozens of conferences and institutions including Harvard University, the Library of Congress, London’s City Hall,  the National Archives, the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Center on Philanthropy. She has appeared on NBC’s Today, CBS’s Sunday Morning, ABC’s Good Morning America and NPR’s All Things Considered. She currently is at work on a biography of her great-grandmother and namesake, A’Lelia Walker, a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

If you would like to invite A’Lelia Bundles to speak to your group or organization, please contact her at ABundles@gmail.com

If your book club is reading On Her Own Ground, click here for a reading group guide.

Click the links below to see video of A’Lelia
A’Lelia discusses her Walker research at the National Archives (2011)

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and A’Lelia discuss Madam Walker (2010)
DC Commission for Women Business Panel (January 2010)

HGTV Documentary about Madam Walker (1998)

Click here for articles by and about A’Lelia Bundles.

Selected list of A’Lelia’s 2009 and 2010 Speeches

SPEECHES 2009 Speeches
March 20, 2009 San Francisco: Bay Area National Coalition of 100 Black WomenMay 27: N Street Village Luncheon
Click here for photosOctober: Israeli Presidential Conference
Click here for video of panel with A’Lelia, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Gaudi Taub and others

2010 Speeches

January 27: Walker’s Legacy (DC Commission for Women)
Click here for video of the panel with A’Lelia, Natalie Cofield and Clara VillarosaFebruary 4: Department of Labor (A Conversation with Secretary Hilda L. Solis)
Click here for Secy Solis’s chat with A’LeliaClick here for photos of A’Lelia and Secretary SolisFebruary 5: Fort Valley State University (Davison Lecture Series)February 20: A’Lelia MC’d the 84th annual ASALH Luncheon in Washington, DC
Click here for photos of luncheonFebruary 23: Videoconference with Latvian women entrepreneurs at the U. S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia
Click here for photos of the eventFebruary 25: Ft. Meade, Maryland Black History Month Luncheon
Click here for video of A’Lelia’s presentationMarch 1: IUPUI Women’s History Month Lecture
Click here for IUPUI TV interview with A’Lelia (start at 1:35)March 3: Northern Virginia Community College/Alexandria, VA
Click here for NOVA Fortnightly articleMarch 17: Health and Human Services/HRSA/Rockville, MDMarch 18: Bennett College for Women/Greensboro, NCMarch 19: National League of American Pen Women/Washington, DCMarch 22: University of Maryland/College Park, MDMarch 23: Montgomery Public LibraryMarch 24: National Women’s History Project 30th Anniversary/NEA/Washington, DCMarch 30: University of North Texas/Denton, TXApril 19: Eatonville Restaurant’s Food & Folklore Series/Washington, DC
A’Lelia discussed A’Lelia Walker’s 1920s Dark Tower with members of Maurice Hines’s
“Sophisticated Ladies” cast
Eatonville RestaurantNBC4 Events CalendarApril 26: Flint Public Library’s “Daughters of Destiny”–A’Lelia, Michelle Duster and Nettie Washington Douglass discussed their famous ancesters: The Flint Journal April 27, 2010May 3: Deborah Hardnett’s Wealthy Sistas Blog Radio interview with A’LeliaMay