Madam C.J. Walker: The First Black Female Millionaire

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Celebrate Black History Month with the Scarsdale Library.

Born in 19th century rural Louisiana to former slaves, Sarah Breedlove rose to become the first female African-American self-made millionaire in the United States.  Known as Madam C.J. Walker, she developed a line of beauty care products for black women.  Walker built a factory, hair salon, mail-order business and a beauty school which trained 20,000 sales agents. Later she became a philanthropist and was active in organizing the NAACP’s Silent Protest Parade in New York in 1917.

Rick Feingold has 30 years of teaching experience. Currently he teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College. He also teaches at Ridgewood Community School and Emerson Community School. Additionally, Rick Feingold has lectured at over 50 libraries in New Jersey and New York. He has written for the Boston Herald and Christian Science Monitor on travel and Caribbean League baseball.  He holds a Bachelors degree in History and Business from Rutgers University and a MBA from Penn State University.