The legend and legacy of hair-care pioneer Madam C.J. Walker are gaining new life for a new generation.
With the launch of a new line of products under the “Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture” brand, New York personal-care company, Sundial, looks to draw a 21st-century audience to an enterprise founded by Walker in 1906. Though these products have not seen major sales since the 1940s, they return to the marketplace with an historic and compelling story.
This reintroduction required not only reviving the brand but retelling the tale of a washer woman named Sarah Breedlove. She was born to former slaves in 1867, soon after the Civil War. After finding a solution to her own problems with hair, her entrepreneurial innovation and hard work transformed “two dollars and a dream” (literally) into a cosmetics behemoth with 5,000 sales agents, training schools around the nation and a line of products that netted peak annual revenues of more than $750,000 — or $17.9 million today. Madam C.J. Walker, as she came to call herself, is widely considered America’s first self-made woman millionaire, of any color, though Walker herself denied that distinction.
“What we’re trying to do is combine social activism with fandom so that people can have fun while making a difference,” said Jonathan Palmer, executive director of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. “If you can ‘be a hero in the fight against hunger,’ how great is that?”
Friday, April 29, is the deadline for all applications for the vacant University of Minnesota athletic director position. Local attorney Lee Hutton submitted his application earlier this month soon after the job was posted on the university’s website.
Both the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings this week are hosting job fairs, but some ask how many temporary part-time game-day positions will be for local Blacks, low-income and other people of color.
How often is it said that we, as a family, only come together for funerals? We must celebrate each other when we are alive — this was the common theme at Sabathani Community Center’s block party celebration honoring Prince, Saturday, April 30.