Madam C.J. Walker’s Estate Will Be Center for Black Women Entrepreneurs

Madam C.J. Walker’s Estate Will Be Center for Black Women Entrepreneurs

Shea Moisture founder Richelieu Dennis will flip the property of Madam C.J. Walker right into a hub for Black feminine enterprise leaders, in line with Black Enterprise.

Walker made her fortune by promoting haircare merchandise to
Black ladies within the late 19th and early 20th century. Her
34-room mansion in New York was bought by Dennis in 2018.

In an interview with Essence in December, Dennis mentioned he
wished to show Walker’s property right into a “studying institute, or suppose tank, to
foster entrepreneurship for current and future generations.”

“It’s a place the place—towards all odds—goals have been shaped,
visions have been realized and entrepreneurs have been born, and we look ahead to
returning its use to help that mission,” Dennis mentioned of Walker’s property,
which modified possession a number of occasions after her demise and was declared a
Nationwide Historic Landmark in 1976.

Dennis, who’s the present proprietor of the property, has labored
with the Walker household earlier than. In 2013, he relaunched the Madam C.J. Walker
Model. Her great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles, mentioned that she’s wanting
ahead to this partnership with Dennis, writes Black Enterprise.

 “Nobody on the time believed {that a} black lady might afford such a spot. So, I can consider no higher approach to have fun Villa Lewaro’s 100th anniversary than the imaginative and prescient of the New Voices Basis and the Dennis household for this historic treasure as a spot to encourage in the present day’s entrepreneurs, tomorrow’s leaders, and our whole group,” she advised Essence in an announcement.

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