Celebrate African American History Month by enjoying a unique interactive performance that portrays Madame C. J. Walker, America’s first self-made woman millionaire. This event, which runs from 7 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, February 7, 2013, will be held at the Main Library’s Lecture Hall and Theater, located at 300 Estudillo Avenue in downtown San Leandro. Admission is free.
Madame Walker amassed her fortune through hard work, innovative ideas and a fierce dedication to her craft and her people. She created a hair product formula, borne out her desire to remedy her own hair loss. She then started her own business of developing and selling hair-care products for black women. Madame Walker, however, did more than build a successful business. Her products helped women have a better sense of their own beauty. Her business also gave work to many black women. And she helped other people, especially black artists and civil rights supporters. She said: "My object in life is not simply to make money for myself or to spend it on myself. I love to use a part of what I make in trying to help others. "
JP Myrick is an educator and storyteller who strives to teach people of all ages the stories of women who helped shape America. She is also a teacher consultant and a theatre instructor as well as an instructor for the elementary, middle and high school levels at West Contra Costa Unified School District.
For more information, please call the Main Library’s Information Desk at (510) 577-3971.