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Madam C.J. Walker - The First Black Female Millionaire

Monday, March 1st at 7:00 PM

A joint program of The Field Library of Peekskill, the Irvington Public Library, and the Warner Library of Tarrytown.

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Madam C. J. Walker - WikipediaBorn in 19th century rural Louisiana to former slaves, Sarah Breedlove rose to become the first female African-American self-made millionaire in the United States. Known as Madam C.J. Walker, she developed a line of beauty care products for black women. Walker built a factory, hair salon, mail-order business, and a beauty school which trained 20,000 sales agents. Later, she became a philanthropist and was active in organizing the NAACP's Silent Protest Parade in New York in 1917.
Presenter Rick Feingold teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.