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Wealthy Sistas® Madam CJ's Great Great Grand Ms. A'Lelia Bundles

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Author A’Lelia Bundles’s award-winning biography, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, about her great-great-grandmother, was named a 2001 New York Times Notable Book and the Association of Black Women Historians 2001 best book on black women’s history. She currently is at work on Joy Goddess, the first major biography of her great- grandmother, A’Lelia Walker, a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance. During her thirty year career as an Emmy-award winning producer and executive with ABC News and NBC News, Bundles covered hundreds of national and international stories for ABC’s “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and NBC’s “Today” and “Nightly News.” A popular public speaker, Bundles has appeared at Harvard University, the National Archives, London’s City Hall, the Israeli Presidential Conference and the Library of Congress and on NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, BBC and PBS. Her articles have been published in the New York Times Book Review, Essence, Parade, Fortune Small Business and O, the Oprah magazine. Bundles is a trustee of Columbia University and serves on the boards of the Foundation for the National Archives and the Madam Walker Theatre Center, a National Historic Landmark in Indianapolis. In 2003, she created the 100 Books, 100 Women campaign to expand the library at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York. As well, she spearheaded the national campaign that led to the 1998 U. S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage stamp of Madam Walker. Ms. Bundles, who lives in Washington, DC, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Radcliffe College and received a masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a member of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard College.