It is not easy for an African American in the United States to create their own legacy, especially a woman in the early 1900s like Madam CJ Walker. The story of a woman who came from an enslaved mother manifested her own destiny by becoming an entrepreneur.
As a woman building an empire, she overcame adversity to make a fortune on her beauty products. This was unheard of when she established her legacy that has continued to inspire many people throughout time. Why would you not go and learn what you can from the story about a self-made millionaire, activist and philanthropist?
You Are There: 1915 opens on September 21 at the Indiana Historical Society. This also happens to be Smithsonian Museum Day, meaning you can go opening day, be one of the first to see this exhibit, and get FREE admission. If you cannot make it on opening day, don't worry! It will remain open until January 23, 2021.
Learn about the different products she created, how she helped nurture beauty and hair care in Indianapolis. But more importantly, you can learn about the way she gave back to her community, often donating to African American organizations in Indianapolis such as Flanner House and Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was a powerful role model in Indianapolis in the early 20th century, and fostered African American arts, music, and culture in the city.
In addition, there are unique opportunities to learn about individuals who were important throughout her lifetime, such as her daughter Lelia, lawyer Freeman Ransom, artist John Wesley Hardrick, editor of the Indianapolis Freeman George Knox and her employees.
In the day and age of technology, we don't celebrate the past as much as we praise the millionaires of today's time. This is an opportunity to pay homage to someone who has paved the way for many woman and African Americans.
In addition to You Are There 1915: Madam CJ Walker, Empowering Women at the Indiana Historical Society, there are many things going in the community highlighting Madam CJ Walker: