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Read along with us as we launch our third session of the MU Alumni Book Club! As a member, you’ll engage in personal discussions during online meetings held once a month. Books can be purchased from Amazon.

Please enjoy reading Madam C. J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow by Tyrone Freeman. This book highlights the accomplishments of a woman before her time. You will learn a lot about her and her company which can still be visited today in Indianapolis, Indiana! 

Let us know if you will be joining us for the next discussion by registering below for it!

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Founder of a beauty empire, Madam C. J. Walker was celebrated as America's first self-made female millionaire in the early 1900s. Known as a leading African American entrepreneur, Walker was also devoted to an activist philanthropy aimed at empowering African Americans and challenging the injustices inflicted by Jim Crow.

Tyrone McKinley Freeman's biography highlights how giving shaped Walker's life before and after she became wealthy. Poor and widowed when she arrived in St. Louis in her twenties, Walker found mentorship among black churchgoers and working black women. Her adoption of faith, racial uplift, education, and self-help soon informed her dedication to assisting black women's entrepreneurship, financial independence, and activism. Walker embedded her philanthropy in how she grew her business, forged alliances with groups like the National Association of Colored Women, funded schools and social service agencies led by African American women, and enlisted her company's sales agents in local charity and advocacy work.

Illuminating and dramatic, Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving broadens our understanding of black women’s charitable giving and establishes Walker as a foremother of African American philanthropy.

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Please remember if you plan to participate in the Alumni Book Club you are responsible for obtaining your copy of the book.