The Madam Walker Legacy Center is celebrating its 95th anniversary this weekend in a big way.
Located at 617 Indiana Avenue and originally designed to house the corporate headquarters and factory of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the Madam Walker Legacy Center is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that, according to its website, is “dedicated to preserving the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker by providing cultural education, promoting social justice, supporting entrepreneurship and empowering youth to become the next generation of entreprenuers and civic leaders.”
Born Sarah Breedlove on December 23, 1867 in Louisiana, Madam C.J. Walker was a daughter of former slaves who became known as “Madam C.J. Walker” after marrying Charles Joseph (C.J.) Walker. Through her hard work and ingenuity, she became a pioneer of the modern Black hair-care and cosmetics industry and was one of the twentieth century’s most successful self-made women entrepreneurs.
To celebrate 95 years of excellence, the Madam Walker Legacy Center’s team has created a fantastic weekend of events. Here is information on some of the exciting things in store:
To help kick off the Madam Walker Legacy Center’s 95th anniversary celebration, multiple Grammy award-winning singer and producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will be headlining a concert, and in addition to his performance, he will also be inducted into the Madam Walker Legacy Center Walk of Fame.
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Art & Soul Stage
Madam Walker Legacy Center
This two-day, free outdoor event will feature DJs and performances by artists like Okara Imani and Chantel Massey, as well as food vendors such as The Block Bistro & Grill, Grub House, Gip Got Tips, and Aw’Sum Snoballs and Shaved Ice.