Born Sarah Breedlove on December 23, 1867 on a Delta, Louisiana plantation, Madam C. J. Walker and her older sister Louvenia, survived by working in the cotton fields of Delta and nearby Vicksburg, Mississippi
- Twentieth century’s most successful, self-made women entrepreneur
- Philanthropist and Activist
- Daughter of former slaves
- Orphaned at age seven
- Transformed herself from an uneducated farm laborer and laundress into a successful business woman
- At 14, she married Moses McWilliams to escape abuse from her cruel brother-in-law, Jesse Powell
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc Las Vegas Chapter celebrates Madam C. J. Walker because of her amazing accomplishments during a time when it was extremely difficult to be a successful business woman not to mention an African American.
The Beginnings of the Madam C. J. Luncheon
The concept for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Las Vegas Chapter’s highly successful annual fundraiser, The Madam C. J. Walker Women in Business Awards Luncheon, was born out of a conversation, in 2004 between the Chapter’s Founding/Charter President, Dr. Sandra F. Mack and Founding/Charter Member Rose Crowder. President Mack was seeking a venue to introduce new members, honor women in business, as well as introduce the Chapter to the Las Vegas community. Both women attended similar events in other NCBW chapters. However, after attending the Madam C. J. Walker Luncheon - NCBW Oakland - East Bay Chapter, Rose suggested that we bring the luncheon to Las Vegas.
In May 2005 at the Texas Station and Casino, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Las Vegas Chapter, a new organization in the Las Vegas community, launched its signature event, The Madam CJ Walker Women in Business Awards Luncheon and Membership Induction Ceremony. A’Lelia Bundles, the great-great granddaughter of Madam Walker was our 1st guest speaker. Our focus, advocating for women issues, increasing memberships and honoring business women of color, Black women in particular, who own their own businesses. In order to do so, the Chapter collaborated with women from different ethnic groups, chambers of commerce and female organizations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.