How Madame CJ Walker is still Pathing the way
Though there are a lot of inspirations around us when we are keen to capture them, only a few are quickly attuned to them, and they turn successful in their unique ways. Such people become capable of generating ripples that will, in turn, inspire others. Inspirations can come from a lot of sources. For some, it comes from within when they come across some experiences that become life-changing for them.
Women entrepreneurship is often not looked up as successful missions that can last for long. Some successful women struggle hard to make their way and prove to the world that success is all about standing the test of the times and going by one’s own inner convictions and energy. Madame CJ Walker’s story is something unique. After her example has inspired a lot of successful women entrepreneurs, how her estate is now turning into a center for a lot of Black female business leaders is an inspiring story.
Black Enterprise says, “Richelieu Dennis, the founder of Shea Moisture will develop the estate of Madam C.J. Walker into a hub for Black female business leaders.”
Walker grew into riches by marketing her hair care products to Black women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Demmis purchased her 34-room mansion in New York in 2018.
Talking to Essence last December, Dennis expressed his desire to turn Walker’s property into a learning institute. He would put the name ‘think tank’ to visualize the kind of establishment he would create there. He says the center will foster the essentials of entrepreneurship for the present as well as for the future generations.
Talking about Walker’s estate, Dennis acclaimed, “It is a place where—against all the odds—dreams were formed, visions were realized, and entrepreneurs were born, and we look forward to returning its use to support that mission.”
Describing the journey that Walker’s estate made so far, Dennis said it changed ownership many times after her demise and was declared as a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Dennis is the present owner of the property. Dennis had earlier worked with Walker’s family. Way back in 2013, he enthusiastically relaunched the Madam C.J. Walker Brand. Black Enterprise also said, her great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles, expressed her keen interest to enter into a partnership with Dennis.
A’Lelia Bundles says in a statement made to Essence, “No one at the time believed that a black woman could afford such a place. So, I can think of no better way to celebrate Villa Lewaro’s 100th anniversary than the vision of the New Voices Foundation and the Dennis family for this historic treasure as a place to inspire today’s entrepreneurs, tomorrow’s leaders, and our entire community.”
Madame CJ Walker’s Success story that inspired millions
Born in the year 1867, later in her life, Sarah Breedlove will become Madam C.J. Walker, the most notable one among America’s first line of self-made female millionaires.
Sarah Breedlove’s birth happened at a cotton plantation on December 23, 1867, in Delta, Lousiana. She was the daughter of a slave freed just sometime before her birth. Hence she was the first one in her family to have been born free. During her early life, she faced several hardships and struggles that could have probably inspired her to create her phenomenal achievements on this earth.
Orphaned at seven years of age, she was married at the age of 14 and was widowed when she had not crossed her 20 years. When she stood single to face the odds of life and fight with the life’s struggles all by herself, she was left with a two-year-old daughter. The early struggles she faced could never put her down. Instead, they became a fuel to steer her life’s journey into something that will inspire others. Emboldened by a strong determination that she imbibed or developed on her own, Sarah wished to create a better life both for herself and her beloved daughter.
Madame Walker’s story is something incredible and capable of inspiring anyone on this earth. A’Lelia Bundles, the great-great-granddaughter, and an astute biographer recollects and describes in her writings the motivating story of Madame Walker that sees her journey from a miserable childhood towards becoming a millionaire.
Once her first husband died, Sarah wished to move to S. Louis where three of her older brothers were running a barbershop. Sarah had to suffer from hair loss, and the advice of her brothers helped her develop a shampoo and ointment that will cure hair loss. These innovations would later change not only her life but the lives of a lot of women.
After marrying her third husband, Charles Joseph Walker, Sarah created the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company in 1906. This business proved to be a lucky stone for her. Her facility pioneered a lot of beauty care products and ultimately paved the path for her to become one among America’s first self-made female millionaires.
Madame CJ Walker was a zealous entrepreneur. She was also an activist and philanthropist giving her voice for some inspiring social causes. Once she became successful, she also dedicated her life to turn a line of other African American women to work as her sales agents. In this process, these women could get enough money to educate their kids and also purchase real estate. Most of those inspired by her stood motivated to donate to charitable causes too.
Talking about her mission in life, Madame CJ Walker would once remark, “Now my object in life is not simply to make money for myself or to spend it on myself in dressing or running around in an automobile, but I love to use a part of what I make to help others.” While she drew from her innate wisdom, resolute perseverance and a generous spirit to capacitate others around her, her life became America’s highly motivating success stories.