“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.”—Madam C J Walker
December 23, 1867–May 25, 1919
She went from plain Sarah Breedlove, the daughter of slaves, to millionaire beautician, philanthropist and social activist MADAM C J WALKER. It was an astonishing transformation for a woman of her humble beginnings.
Sarah was the first member of her slave family to be born free but her early life was far from easy. As she said many years later, “I got my start from giving myself a start.” Sarah came into the world in a cabin in the chaotic, ravaged South in Delta, Louisiana on December 23, 1867 and almost as soon as she could walk she was working in the cotton fields. She later claimed to have spent only three months in school learning the three Rs. What she did learn was mostly taught at Sunday school.