Madame C.J. Walker and Annie Turnbo Malone
Thanks for listening to the very first episode of Sistory Untold! Assuming you listened... if not then go away and don't come back until you've listened to the entire episode. I'll wait.
As I was saying, thank you for listening and we hope you enjoyed! This episode was so fun to research because it's the kind of history I never got to learn in school; black history and women's history are often left unaddressed, and when you get to black women's history all you hear are crickets. I think that this is especially the case with the stories we tell here at Sistory Untold. History as a whole kind of majorly fails the Bechdel test, and here we are trying to shine a light on how these women interracted with one another. It's challenging to unearth those details that companies like Netflix bury just to tell a better story, or text books leave untouched because they don't fit the narrative of white male superiority. But it's 100% worth it. So without further ado, here are the sources I used to research this episode so that you can do your own digging as well.
Top left: Madame C. J. Walker driving her "high powered motor car"; Top right: an ad for a hot comb; Center left: a 1921 photo of Annie Turnbo Malone; Center right: Madame C.J. Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower, in the permanent collection at the Children's museum of Indianapolis; Bottom: Diploma day at Poro College December 4 1920.
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