618349: Vision Of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breadlove Walker Vision Of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breadlove Walker
By Kathryn Lasky / Candlewick Press

"I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. I was promoted from the fields to the washtubs. I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods. I have built my own factory on my own ground."

Born December 23, 1867, Sarah Breedlove Walker was the first free-born child of sharecroppers in Delta, Louisiana. Life was hard, but slavery had ended, and the Breedlove family was free - and if you were free, you could dream.

And dream she did. VISION OF BEAUTY follows Sarah Breedlove Walker's rise from a bleak world of poverty and discrimination to unprecedented success as a businesswoman and philanthropist. Through tenacity and faith, she discovered a cure for her own hair loss, then began marketing her original products through the Mme. C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Well known as a woman of economic independence, Madam Walker offered a vision of dignity and freedom for her people and a powerful role model for women and girls of all races. Recommended for ages 8 to 12, 48 pages.

Slideshow pictures courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, (search for Madam C.J. Walker)

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Villa Lewaro
Madam C.J. Walker postage stamp in the Walker Museum
Walker Theater
Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa, display honoring Walker
Inside the Walker Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
Walker advertising
Original Walker hair products
More hair care products
Schoolchildren visiting the Walker Museum
Walker Theater
African motif in the Walker Theater
Egyptian motif
Walker Theater plaque
Photograph of Madam Walker
Walker grave, Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City