Madam C.J Walker invented hair grower

  • Walker was born Sarah Breedlove on a cotton plantation near Delta, La.
  • her parents were former slaves
  • was an orphan at age 7
  • was married at age 14 and widowed at age 20
  • in 1860s she lost her hair

Madam C.J Walker invented hair spray because she lost her hair and it was a common problem at the time. The hairspray was to help people with the same problem.

  • As her wealth grew, Walker donated generously to African American causes.
  • She also took pride in employing thousands of "hair culturists," female customers who helped sell her products.
  • In July 1917, when a white mob murdered more than three dozen blacks in East St. Louis, Illinois, Walker joined a group of Harlem leaders who visited the White House to present a petition advocating federal anti-lynching legislation.
  • She founded scholarships for black students, donated money to different African American institutions.
  • She died on May 25, 1919.

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