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#WisdomWednesday Black Cosmetics Pioneers

Updated: May 27, 2020

You may be familiar with the name Madam C.J. Walker as a pioneer of black hair care and cosmetics. But do you know who Sarah Spencer Washington is? How about Madam N.A. Franklin? And did you know that STL’s Annie Turnbo Malone once employed Sarah Breedlove, who later became known as Madam C.J. Walker?

All four of these entrepreneurs contributed to the creation of the first commercial products to really address the hair care and skin care needs of black women. In addition, these women shared the wealth from their businesses to not only inspire and educate women and men in the cosmetology field, they were also known for their philanthropic contributions to charitable, educational, community and civil rights organizations.

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