"There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it - for if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard."—Madame CJ Walker In my previous writings, I’ve shared my mission and purpose. I also included information regarding my professional background to amplify my values and vision. However, I would like to explore the life of one exemplary business leader—Madame CJ Walker. Walker’s path to success was during a tumultuous time in our American history.
America is a multi-cultural mosaic, because of the different cultures, ethnicities, religions, and creeds. However, African-Americans’ and especially African American women have been marginalized in centers of power due to years of oppression. Therefore, to celebrate my heritage I decided to discuss the moral platform and accomplishments of Madame CJ Walker. Walker developed and marketed beauty and hair care products for women of color during the Jim Crow era. She is considered to be a self-made millionaire that valued social…show more content… Breedlove was born a several months after the second Juneteenth celebration that commemorated the end of slavery. Although, slavery had been abolished, political reforms implemented discriminatory laws to maintain control of the black race—The Reconstruction Era. Therefore, like her ancestries Breedlove’s prospects foretold a story of poverty and drudgery. After the untimely death of both of her parents, Breedlove moved in with her sister. However, to escape the abuse of her sister’s husband Breedlove married and gave birth to her only child, but by the age of 20 years old, Breedlove was a widow. Shortly, after the death of her husband and the end of the Reconstruction era, Breedlove and her young daughter moved to Missouri where she worked as a cook and a laundress for an annual salary of $300.00 (Public Broadcasting System,