You Can Thank Black Folks for That: Inventions That Changed the Culture

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Born on a Louisiana plantation to sharecropper parents, Sarah Breedlove became one of the most successful female entrepreneurs and the celebrated self-made millionaire we know today as Madam C.J. Walker.

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When an issue with her scalp caused her to lose her hair, Walker used what she knew from her work as a washerwoman and a pharmacist’s cook to develop her own product to promote scalp health and hair growth – Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower. Walker was the inventor and the salesforce, traveling for over a year selling her products door to door throughout the South.