Madam C. J. Walker: Building a Business Empire
By Penny Colman
Published: October 24, 2012.
Orphaned at an early age, Madam C. J. Walker, who was born Sarah Breedlove, told people, "I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it!" A washerwoman who turned herself into a powerhouse, Madam revolutionized the business of hair-care products for black women. She made lots of money. Some of it she spent on fancy cars and a mansion. But she also used her money to help others.