You know the AME Church has a history of empowering black people and having an international outlook. So it was the women of the church who began to give Sarah Breedlove an image of herself as something other than an illiterate washerwoman, and she wanted to make her life better, and her daughter's life better.
Madame Walker was one of the four iconic women who really created what's now the modern hair-care and cosmetics industry, and we know about her in the black community because everybody gets their hair done.
As one of the pioneers of modern hair care and cosmetics, Madam Walker is still an inspiration to a lot of people going into the business.
For many years Madam Walker was just a little footnote in history. As a woman who made haircare products, she was really consigned to something trivial.
What grows from our head is something that we should love. The larger society can love it or not, but it's not their decision to make.
Cowboy boots you can't wear unless you actually are a cowboy or in a Status Quo tribute band, or over 60; there's something about a retiring gent in cowboy boots that looks sort of presidential.
Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.
You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
War is something of man's own fostering, and if all mankind renounces it, then it is no longer there.
A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence.