Madam C. J. Walker
Madam C.J. Walker was a businesswoman and philanthropist. She was the first African American woman in the United States to make a million dollars.
Sarah Breedlove was born December 23, 1867 in Delta, Louisiana. She was born in a very poor family and had a sister and five brothers. Her parents and older children were slaves on the plantation of Robert W. Bernie. Sarah was the first child born free thanks to Emancipation Proclamation. The girl did not go to school because she worked from morning till night in the cotton fields. Her parents died when Sarah was seven years old.
She went to Mississippi to live with her married sister. Sarah had bad relationship with her sister’s husband and at the age of 14 she married Moses McWilliams. A few years later, she gave birth to her daughter Lelia. Her husband died when Sarah was only 20 years old.