Did you notice the stamps on this postcard!? Madam C. J. Walker (1867 – 1919) was chosen for the USPS Black Heritage Series in 1998. Can you tell that I’m excited to share a pinch of her life? Well actually, her great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles is the scholar. Her book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, has been reviewed and lauded by major media publications as the first comprehensive biography of this amazing entrepreneur, philanthropist, and self-made millionaire. Visit A’Lelia Bundles’ website to browse a compilation of her interesting projects and work.
If you’re not familiar with Madam C. J. Walker, you will be! A’Lelia Bundles’ book is in development as a 4-part Netflix series starring Academy Award winner, Octavia Spencer, who is in partnership with NBA Champion, Le Bron James. It’s scheduled to air in early 2020; and a new release of On Her Own Ground will be published by Scribner.
More exciting news from the Walker camp:
The Madam Walker Legacy Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, is in a period of restoration and will be re-opened.
Villa Lewaro, Madam Walker’s mansion in Irvington, New York, is now part of the New Voices Fund – a think tank for women of color entrepreneurs. It is the vision of Richelieu Dennis, founder and CEO of Sundial Brands, the parent company of the Madam C. J. Walker Beauty Culture line of hair care products.
A’Lelia Bundles has her hands full. In addition to her involvement with all things Madam Walker and writing books, she’s also a journalist and a public speaker. Her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, is almost finished. It’s about her great-grandmother, who was another dynamo in the family. The book will be published by Scribner.
Thank you for this postcard and your treasured note, A’Lelia! I love seeing the confidence and beauty of your great-great-grandmother and the other women as they pause for a photo in her luxury car. 🙂 And how fitting that the postcard was designed by Helaine Victoria Press, who published women’s history postcards.