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Madam C. J. Walker Biographer A’Lelia Bundles

IU Professor Carolyn Calloway-Thomas interviews A’Lelia Bundles, president of the Madam Walker/A’Lelia Walker Family Archives.

A'Lelia Bundles


A'Lelia Bundles is a writer, journalist and public speaker.

Many people know Madam Walker as ‘the hair lady.’ I like to look at her as a woman who is one of the great American rags-to-riches stories. She transformed herself from an illiterate washerwoman into one of the wealthiest businesswomen in the world.

A’Lelia Bundles is president of the Madam Walker/A’Lelia Walker Family Archives and author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, the first comprehensive biography of her great-great-grandmother.

Following a three-decade career as an executive and Emmy award-winning producer for NBC News and ABC News, Bundles is now president of the Foundation for the National Archives, and is writing a biography of her great-grandmother, A’Lelia Walker, whose parties helped define the Harlem Renaissance.

  • A’Lelia Bundles

    Many thanks to Professor Calloway-Thomas and to WFIU for the wonderful afternoon I spent in the studios there. It was a joy to be able to share my stories about Madam Walker and the way our family celebrates her legacy of business, philanthropy and arts patronage today through our Walker books, our Walker Family Archives and the many connections we have with today’s innovative young entrepreneurs who have taken Madam Walker’s ideas to a new 21st century level.

  • Charles Shields

    And at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA we’re really looking forward to having Ms. Bundles present as part of our Great Lives Lecture Series on April 10!

    Charles J. Shields
    Associate Director
    Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series

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