Who developed a hair product and died a millionaire

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The Black Rose by Tananarive Due

Born to former slaves on a Louisiana plantation in 1867, Madam C.J. Walker rose from poverty and indignity to become Americas first black female millionaire, the head of a hugely successful beauty company, and a leading philanthropist in African American causes. Renowned author Alex Haley became fascinated by the story of this extraordinary heroine, and before his death in 1992, he embarked on the research and outline of a major novel based on her life. Now with The Black Rose, critically acclaimed writer Tananarive Due brings Haleys work to an inspiring completion.

Blending documented history, vivid dialogue, and a sweeping fictionalized narrative, Tananarive Due paints a vivid portrait of this passionate and tenacious pioneer and the unforgettable era in which she lived.
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Madam C. J. Walker

Walker, who invented the process for straightening kinky hair, rather than for Dr. Walker usually makes an appearance. Madam C. Only one is factual, sort of, but the amazing story behind it and how Madam Walker used that accomplishment to help others as a job creator and philanthropist might be jarring — and surprisingly empowering — even to the skeptics. I know it was for me in revisiting her life for this column.

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More on the life and work of Madam C. Walker, cosmetics entrepreneur, philanthropist, and America's first self-made female millionaire. Walker Schools of Beauty Culture She'd received the book as a gift from a friend and had tested a few of the home remedies listed within, but otherwise knew very little about it. Appraiser Ken Sanders identified it as a first-edition copy of a hair-care book by Madam C. Walker, often referred to as America's first female self-made millionaire.

Madam C. Born Sarah Breedlove, she was widowed by age 20 and took work as a laundress. A talent for self-promotion helped build a booming enterprise, and she spent lavishly on luxurious homes. Born Sarah Breedlove, the daughter of Louisiana sharecroppers, Walker was orphaned at six, married at fourteen, and widowed at twenty with a two-year-old daughter to care for. She resettled in St.

Madam C. She promoted her products by traveling around the country giving lecture-demonstrations and eventually established Madame C. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians. Her business acumen led her to be one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. She was also known for her philanthropic endeavors, including a donation toward the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA in Her parents, Owen and Minerva, were recently freed slaves, and Sarah, who was their fifth child, was the first in her family to be free-born.

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