Let's read On Her Own Ground: The Life & Times of Madam CJ Walker by A. Bundles

On Her Own Ground is the biography of Madam C. J. Walker -- the legendary African American entrepreneur -- by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles.

The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then -- with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women -- everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century political figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.

The book, published in 2002, is available from the New York Public Library, as well as the following websites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Alibris.

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  • GramercyGal

    Hi ... I went to hear Len Daniels being interviewed at the APPLE store in SOHO Monday evening.
    Afterward I told him his next movie should be about Madam C J Walker ... starring Oprah ... he said he'd look into it and think about it!
    Cuba Gooding Jr jumped in about half way through ... nice surprise!

    August 20, 2013

  • Gayle W.

    I would love this book discussion! I will be attending an event at my family's church. I'm hoping for a part 2, if not I'll be watching for the next one I can make. Great choice , enjoy.

    August 7, 2013

    • Michelle H.

      Thanks, Gayle, and nice to e-meet you. Hope to see you soon! -Michelle

      August 20, 2013

  • Claudine P.

    I went to Barnes and Nobles yesterday to find this book and they did not have it. I hope to find this book by Wednesday so that I can contribute to the discussion...hopefully the library will have it. Can't wait to meet everyone.

    August 11, 2013

    • Michelle H.

      Look forward to meeting you too! -Michelle

      August 20, 2013

  • Megan A.

    I have a wedding to go to the night before in New Jersey, so there's no way I'll make it back by 1 p.m. Enjoy and I'll see you at the next one!

    August 12, 2013

    • Michelle H.

      See you at the next one! -Michelle

      August 20, 2013

  • GramercyGal

    Will be having a very labor intensive Sat ... I doubt I will get up early enough to make it. Another thing ... I haven't even gotten half way through the book.

    August 16, 2013

    • Michelle H.

      Thanks for letting me know -- hope you had a great weekend... -Michelle

      August 20, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Sorry can't make tomorrow

    August 17, 2013

    • Michelle H.

      Thanks for letting me know, Suzanne. Hope to see you at the next one.... -Michelle

      August 20, 2013

  • GramercyGal

    I'm never going to make it by 1pm from where I live!!! Can't you pick a place on the ES ... much easier for me to get to. I started reading the book and would love to join in ... but I'd REALLY REALLY appreciate it if you could make it 1/2 hr later and on the ES.

    July 31, 2013

    • GramercyGal

      Ooops I just saw on Yelp - Lowe's Eatery closed.

      August 10, 2013

  • Joan W.

    Will be in Boston that weekend. Hope to make the next one!

    July 31, 2013

    • Michelle H.

      Enjoy! See you next time.... -Michelle

      August 8, 2013

  • GramercyGal

    I'll have to check this book out ... but sounds interesting.

    June 24, 2013

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