My Role Model: The Madame C J Walker

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    There are so many people who played a major part in history and became so inspiring that others look up to them. One person in particular is Sarah Breedlove, famously known as Madam CJ Walker. Ms. Walker was born December 23, 1867 and at the age of 6 she was orphaned. She was married and became a widow at 20 years old. Her and her 2 years old daughter moved to St. Louis and worked as a laundress while attending night school. Madam CJ met her second husband, Charles J. Walker in St. Louis. She was known for selling and making hair products for African American women. Madam CJ Walker came up with ‘The Walker System’, it included lotions, iron combs and scalp preparations. During that time the people who made hair products for black women were white people. Her strategy was to draw the attention to the health of the women who will be using the product. She used a personal approach and it won the loyalty of her customers. 

    Her being the first black woman millionaire wasn´t  the only reason she is a role model. She encouraged her employees to give back to their communities and she did the same as well. Madam CJ promoted female talent and even put forth in motion in her company that only a woman can serve as a president. She encourages growth in the black community and sets an example for them, which is very inspiring. Madam CJ Walker was a very giving and generous person. She gave many donations to black charities and scholarships. Madam CJ died on May 25, 1919 at the age of 51,  she left this earth and left a big mark in the history of African Americans. Today she is known for being ¨a pioneering black female entrepreneur who inspired many with her financial independence, business acumen and philanthropy.¨

As person who looks up to Madam CJ Walker I don’t just see her as a black business owner but a person who never let anyone or anything stand in her way of accomplishing what she had planned.

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it!  Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” ~ Madam CJ Walker

 

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