Today is the anniversary of the birth of Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove on Dec. 23, 1867. The daughter of slaves, she became the first black millionaire by building a beauty empire for people of color.
Walker was also a dreamer. Living in poverty, Walker dreamed a black man appeared to her and gave her the recipe for a hair tonic to help stop her hair from falling out.
Walker reported: “[A] big Black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. Some of the remedy was grown in Africa, but I sent for it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out.”
Walker followed her dream, and found her way from poverty to riches.
Isn’t it time you began to follow yours?
I learned about Walker from a beautiful Young Adult book by Jeannine Atkins, Borrowed Names.