December 23

Madame C.J. Walker (1867-1919) America’s first African American millionaire businesswoman. She achieved her success by discovering a new hair care process and marketing a line of toilet articles and cosmetics especially for the Black woman. In 1905, she invented and patented the straightening comb, her discovery resulted in a hair dressing formula which revolutionized the hair care industry and changed the looks of Black women’s hair.