By Otha Richard Sullivan
Meet the black Achievers who attained the yankee Dream-from the early years to trendy times"This excellent booklet might be required analyzing for children, who will learn the way a few of the nation's so much profitable Black women and men turned position models."-Joyce Ladner, Ph.D.Robert Sengstacke AbbottTyra BanksMatel "Mat" Dawson Jr.Joe L. Dudley Sr.Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsS. B. FullerArthur George GastonEarl G. GravesEarvin "Magic" JohnsonJohn H. JohnsonRobert L. JohnsonQuincy JonesShelton "Spike" Jackson LeeWilliam Alexander LeidesdorffAbraham Lincoln LewisReginald Francis LewisAnnie Turnbo MaloneBridget "Biddy" MasonAnthony OvertonMary Ellen PleasantRussell SimmonsMadame C. J. WalkerOprah Gail WinfreyEldrick "Tiger" WoodsCrispus Attucks Wright
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Today, the Madame C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company is a museum in Indianapolis. The museum sponsors theater and musical performances and operates a cultural arts education program for youth. 42 ✦ INTO THE NEW CENTURY ✦ ANNIE TURNBO MALONE (1869–1957) ✦ A nnie Minerva Turnbo Malone invented hair and skin products even before Madame C. J. Walker did. Like Madame Walker, Malone became a millionaire by successfully marketing her products. At one time, she was worth $14 million. Born to Robert and Isabella Cook Turnbo on August 9, 1869, in the small town of Metropolis, Illinois, Annie was the tenth of eleven children.
Her home became a home to others and was named the House of the Open Hand. In 1872, Mason and her son-in-law Charles Owens founded and financed the Los Angeles branch of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. It was the first African American church in Los Angeles, and the first church services were held in the living room of Mason’s home. During 1861 and 1862, what became known as the Great Flood and the drought that followed devastated many people in California. Mason reached out to those in need and made her account at a local grocery store available to flood victims.
Poro College trained African American beauticians, barbers, and salespeople. It became the first institution to teach cosmetology for the black consumer. The college had classrooms for teaching beauty culture, a barbershop for cutting African American men’s hair, and well-equipped laboratories for developing new hair and skin products. After settling in the Ville district of St. Louis, Malone began to share her wealth. In 1919, she donated $10,000 for the construction of a new building for the St.