Black History Month – Woodlawn Cemetery Hosts Talk about Harlem Renaissance‏

On February 26 in celebration of Black History Month, author A’Lelia Bundles will speak at Woodlawn Cemetery about her forthcoming book Joy Goddess: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance. A’Lelia Walker, the daughter of the first African American millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, hosted some of the most memorable soirees of the Harlem Renaissance at her salon, The Dark Tower.  There she welcomed Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, CVV, Florence Mills, Bert Williams, Paul Poiret and other celebrities, musicians, actors, artists and writers of the era. Bundles’ talk will give fascinating insight into A’Lelia Walkers role in founding the hair care line that made her mother famous and her patronage of the arts, as well as her glamorous lifestyle and renowned parties. Tickets for the 1:00pm talk at Woodlawn’s Memorial Chapel are $15 for the general public and $10 for students and seniors.  For more information, please call: 718-920-1470.

Woodlawn is a must-visit destination during Black History Month. From its founding in 1867, Woodlawn has been the final resting place of a number of prominent African Americans, including:

·         Madame C.J. Walker and A’Lelia Walker

·         Miles Davis, jazz composer and trumpeter

·         Ralph Cooper, the originator and master of ceremonies at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

·         Countee Cullen, famed poet of the Harlem Renaissance

·         Lionel Hampton, “King of the Vibes

·         Matthew Henson, the only American to accompany Admiral Perry on his North Pole expedition

·         George E. Haynes, the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Columbia and a charter member of the NAACP

·         Dr. Leo Cecil Maitland, part of the surgical team that saved Dr. Martin Luther King’s life after he was stabbed at a 1958 Harlem book-signing

·         Wesley Redding, the NYPD’s first African American detective

·         as well as many others

Woodlawn’s grounds are open 365 days a year from 8:30am-5:00pm and are free to the public.


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  1. I just wanted to inform your readers of this very important fact – Madame C.J. Walker’s historic company still exists today and has never stopped manufacturing all of the original hair oils! Anyone who visits our website at can view and purchase the full product line.

    The website also contains valuable information about the stock / asset sale (including the ability to view the stock certificates) and Raymond Randolph’s purchase of the original Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company in 1985 from the Walker Trustees in Indianapolis, Indiana and how the Randolph Family continues to keep Madame Walker’s “true” legacy alive.

    To promote the entrepreneurial spirit that Madame Walker exemplified, the website provides individuals the opportunity to become a “Walker Agent” and sell Madame C.J. Walker products. By clicking on the “Find A Distributor” tab, you will see agents located in the United Kingdom, France, Bahamas, and the United States.

    September 2011 marked the Centennial Anniversary of the incorporation of Madame C.J. Walker’s historic company – doing business today as Madame C.J. Walker Enterprises. On September 24th, 2011 we commemorated this event with the “Tracing the Footsteps of a Legacy” 100th Year Celebratory Walk. You can visit our website to view the Souvenir Program.

    Due to our ownership of Madame’s historic company and the historical documents and memorabilia of the company, the Randolph Family can provide the most detailed and historically sound information about Madame C.J. Walker and her company by calling toll free, 866-552-2838, by clicking on the “Frequently Asked Questions” FAQS tab of our website, or by going to the contact us page of our website.

    Angela Randolph


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