Birthdate - 12/23/1867
Birth place – Delta , Louisiana
- The daughter of Owen and Minerva Breedlove , Her parents were former slaves working as sharecroppers and both died when Sarah was a child.
- As a result , Sarah was forced to move from one household to another , at age seven , she moved in with her sister Louvina and her husband , after sufferin abuse from Louvina’s husband, Sarah ran away and married Moses Mcwilliams when she was 14 years old.
- In 1885 she gave birth to their daughter Lelia , Two years later , Moses was murdered by a White lynch mob.
- The first women to create a hair formula for black women , after realizing there were almost no hair products available for blacks Madam C.J. Walker decided to go into business , selling hair products to black women.
- In 1905 Sarah’s brother died and she moved to Denver , Colorado to live with her sister in law. When she arrived in Denver she had only $2.00 in her pocket yet she worked during the day as a cook in order to finance her part time business.
- She meet Charles joseph “C.J. Walker a newspaperman with an innate ability for marketing , she married walker on 01/04/1906 and the couple set up the “Madam CJ Walker Manufacturing Company” and began placing advertisements in black newspapers throughout the United States.
- She ended up getting a divorce and continued building the business up with many of the ideas passed on to her, including going door to door to sell the products.
- In 1906 she brought her daughter Lelia , a recent college graduate in to manage the company.
- While Lelia ran much of the company, Sarah traveled across the country and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean marketing the products and developing new ones. She also sought to bring more women into the company, desiring to empower them and give them a way of rising above the constraints set by a male dominated society.
- In 1908 Sarah started Lelia College in Pittsburgh , PA which trained women to sell her products door to door and by 1910 had more thean 1,000 sales agents.
- By 1914 the women who only nine years earlier had only $2.00 to her name was now worth more than one million dollars.
- Her products ranged from hair conditioners and facial creams to hot combs specially made for the hair of black consumers.
- Madam C.j. Walker died May 25 1919 , She was mourned throughout the black community as a pioneer and a black industrialist , for many women , white and black , however she had served as an inspiration and a role model.