A joint program of the Field Library of Peekskill, the Irvington Public Library, and the Warner Library of Tarrytown.
Born in 19th century rural Louisiana to former slaves, Sarah Breedlove rose to become the first female African-American self-made millionaire in the United States. Known as Madam C.J. Walker, she developed a line of beauty care products for black women. Walker built a factor, hair salon, mail-order business and a beauty school which trained 20,000 sales agents. Later, she became a philanthropist and was active in organizing the NAACP's Silent Protest Parade in New York in 1917.
Presenter Rick Feingold teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.