Walker was a 19th Century Entrepreneur and an early civil rights advocate. She revolutionized the hair care and cosmetics industry, becoming America's first, female, self-made millionaire. As a member of the National Association for he Advancement of Colored People, she was instrumental in its efforts to make lynching a federal crime. Walker was recognized by the National Association of Colored Women for her contributions to save the home of abolitionist Frederic Douglass. She donated regularly to the NAACP, the YMCA and to black schools, organizations, individuals, orphanages and retirement homes.
Walker will be portrayed by Dr. Daisy Century, an area educator with a PhD in science education from Temple University. She seeks to inspire others through her thoroughly-researched, dramatically intense portrayals of historical figures.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at www.camdencountylibrary.org/events or by calling the branch at (856) 753-2537. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The CJ Walker program is made possible in part by the American Historical Theatre, Philadelphia, PA.