Madame C. J. Walker (1867-1919)

Madame_CJ_WalkerMadame C. J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove) was America’s first Black millionaire businesswoman. Mixing one concoction of oils after another in a washtub, she finally created a hairdressing formula that influenced the hair industry and changed the looks of black women.

In 1905, she invented and patented a straightening comb, which when heated and used with her hairdressing formula changed tightly curled, lusterless hair into shining smooth hair. She traveled alone for two years demonstrating her “Walker Method.”

By 1919, the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company stretched an entire city block and provided employment for over 3,000 people. At the time of her death, she had acquired a vast empire in excess of one million dollars.

Barack Obama

barak-obama Barack Obama was born August 4, 1961. He is the first African American to be elected President of the United States. This historic win made him the forty-fourth U.S. President.

Obama began his second term as President on January 21, 2013.

Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney in Chicago before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. In 2004, he was elected to be the junior United States Senator from Illinois.

He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School.

Michelle Obama

michelle-obamaMichelle Obama was born January 17, 1964. She is the wife of Barack Obama and will be the first African American to become the First Lady of the United States. She was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Michelle met Barack when he joined the same law firm where she worked. They were married in October 1992 and have two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha.