Walker

Madam C. J. Walker

December 23, 1867 - May 25, 1919 ·


I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground.

- Madam C. J. Walker (1890) ·

I got my start by giving myself a start.

- Madam C. J. Walker (1900) ·

America doesn't respect anything but money. What our people need is a few millionaires.

- Madam C. J. Walker (1900) ·

I am not ashamed of my past; I am not ashamed of my humble beginning. Don't think that because you have to go down in the wash-tub that you are any less a lady!

- Madam C. J. Walker (1912) ·

I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself, for I am endeavoring to provide employment for hundreds of women of my race. I want to say to every Negro woman present, don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!

- Madam C. J. Walker (1900) ·