“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.

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Audio/Video Sources

Videos and Films

See A’Lelia Bundles–Madam Walker’s biographer and great-great-granddaughter–and others discuss Madam Walker at these video links

A’Lelia talks about Madam Walker’s early life & business on Biography.com (Jan 2013)

A’Lelia talks about how Madam Walker developed her business on Biography.com (Jan 2013)

A’Lelia talks about Madam Walker’s political activism on Biography.com (Jan 2013)

A’Lelia Bundles talks about her Walker research at the National Archives (February 2011)

Harvard Business School Professor Nancy Koehn discusses Madam Walker

A’Lelia Bundles talks about Walker and family legacies in Jerusalem (October 2009)

A’Lelia Bundles discusses Madam Walker with CEO TV’s Michael E. Parker (July 2011)

 Walker’s Legacy/DC Commission for Women interview with Natalie Cofield
January 27, 2010

HGTV 1998 Documentary about Madam Walker’s Irvington, NY mansion

  The History Makers
View this interview with A’Lelia Bundles from The History Makers website:

Library of Congress/Resourceful Women Symposium

Resourceful Women , a Library of Congress symposium, features noted scholars discussing women’s history and the resources of the Library of Congress. A’Lelia Bundles joins Eleanor Roosevelt biographer Alida Black , Indiana University professor Joanne Passet and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellow Susan Ware for a discussion on women’s biography. Hear Bundles’s June 19, 2003 thirteen minute presentation at http://www.loc.gov/rr/women/bundles.html

Related Websites on the Internet:

This is the most reliable and accurate source of information about Madam Walker
on the Internet.

A’Lelia Bundles, Madam C. J. Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and biographer                                     www.aleliabundles.com

www.IndianaHistory.org and http://www.googlesyndicatedsearch.com/u/IHS?query=Madam+Walker

The Madam Walker Collection, which includes extensive primary source documents about Madam Walker’s life and business, is housed at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis, IN. Wilma Moore is the senior archivist of African American Collections.

(The Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis)

Go to “Two American Entrepreneurs:  Madam C. J. Walker and
J. C. Penney” (National Park Service “Teaching with Historic Places”)

Please be careful when you do research on the Internet about Madam Walker.
There is a lot of misinformation on the web.



MILLIONAIRE GIRLS MOVEMENT Ann marie Houghtailing interviews A’Lelia about Madam Walker and creating wealth (August 2011)

WNSR (NEW SCHOOL RADIO) Roy Paul interviews A’Lelia Bundles about Madam Walker’s life (November 2011)

Fresh Air

Hear this NPR Fresh Air interview with A’Lelia Bundles as she discusses On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker


February 15, 2001

Morning Edition with Susan Stamberg

In Part III of her Beauty Series, Susan Stamberg interviews A’Lelia Bundles about Madam Walker and Beauty


June 29, 2004

Public Interest with Kojo Nnamdi

A’Lelia Bundles discusses On Her Own Ground. Scroll down to the March 2, 2001 interview.


March 2, 2001

The Tavis Smiley Show

“A Second Renaissance for Harlem” includes a segment about Madam Walker and an interview with A’Lelia Bundles


Voice of America


January 27, 2007

Wisconsin Public Radio
To the Best of Our Knowledge

“Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” is an hour long program about hair care and baldness in the history of civilization. A’Lelia’s interview is from 17:35 to 28:28


Wisconsin Public Radio
Conversations with Jean Feraca

To find the April 23, 2001 interview with A’Lelia Bundles, use the search box athttp://www.wpr.org/search/index.cfm

Videos and Films

Please note:

We do not recommend novels or other fictional accounts of Madam Walker’s life because of the inaccurate information which they may contain.

The Madam Walker Papers are located at the Indiana Historical Society Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wilma Gibbs is the archivist who oversees the collection.