Madam CJ Walker Recognized On Black History Month

February 9th, 2011 - 9:02 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
CJ WalkerFeb 9, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The month of February is regarded as the black history month. This month pays an ode to all those black African Americans, who have helped in shaping the American society in some way or the other. This month is especially dedicated to the African diaspora, who were brought to America as slaves, yet, fought their way out of the disgrace, only for the betterment of American society. This year, the black history month has recognized the contribution of Madam C.J. Walker, a leading American business woman of that early twentieth century. She was a millionaire on her own right, and was the owner of the leading hair care company Madam C.J. Walker.

Madam C.J. Walker was born in 1867, with the birth name of Sarah Breedlove, to a family of slaves, who were deported from Africa to toil in the cotton estates. However, she was orphaned at the tender age of seven, and was married at the age of 14, to escape physical assault within her own family. She took the name of Madam C.J. Walker, after she was married for the second time, since she lost her first husband at the age of 20. However, the turning point of her life came, when she suffered from a scalp disease and lost her hair. She developed her own range of hair care products that contained sulfur, to facilitate hair growth. Later on, she started selling her products in colleges and other localities, to make her brand one of the most popular one in the contemporary period.

The black history month is giving her recognition, as she was the first woman to inspire the other blacks to overcome the social atrocities and do something with ones own determination. Her brand was not only a revolution in the beauty industry, but also highlighted various other aspects of woman empowerment and freedom.

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