Author, journalist, and public speaker A’Lelia Bundles is the great-great-granddaughter of Madam C. J. Walker, a black female millionaire during a time when it was monumental. A’Lelia’s biography of her of her is titled, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker. May 25, 2019 is the 100 year anniversary of her death and is recognized by the May 2019 issue of Essence magazine with a contributed feature by A’Lelia, her proud descendant.
Also buzzing with excitement is Netflix’s scheduled 2020 release of a 4-part movie series based on the book, starring Octavia Spencer. Can’t wait to see it!
A’Lelia Bundles’ upcoming book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, is about her great-grandmother. Yes, they have a shared name.
The Madam C. J. Walker website introduces A’Lelia Walker as:
The only child of Madam C. J. Walker, A’Lelia Walker (pronounced Ah-LEEL-ya) hosted one of the most memorable salons of the Harlem Renaissance. At “The Dark Tower,” a converted floor of her elegant New York townhouse, she entertained Harlem and Greenwich Village writers, artists and musicians, as well as visiting African and European royalty. Her parties, as well as her regal African beauty, lavish clothing and glamorous lifestyle inspired poets, painters and sculptors. Langston Hughes called her the “joy goddess of Harlem’s 1920’s.” Zora Neale Hurston outlined a play about her and her mother.
A’Lelia Walker provided an atmosphere for much joy; however, she also contributed to many causes and institutions. She led a campaign to provide ambulances for black soldiers during WWII, donated to the Silent Protest Parade against lynching, and was a leading fundraiser for a children’s center. In the arts world, she contributed by using her money, power, home, and influence to provide jobs and opportunities to actors, writers, filmmakers, caterers, musicians, etc., and advertised in black newspapers.
A project that has been in the heart and mind of A’Lelia Bundles for many years, that has kept her in a state of unrelenting research, this book is highly anticipated. It will be published by Scribner.
To see another postcard from A’Lelia Bundles, go to this link. It’s a classy picture of Madam C. J. Walker; and the post has more intriguing information about the businesses and philanthropic activities that stem from this legendary woman.
A’Lelia, this photo of your great-grandmother is dazzling! Your upcoming biography of her will surely fascinate its readers. And you have her notes to her famous friends – Awesome! Thank you for the joy of adding this postcard to my site.
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.