Today marks the birthday of journalist, author and public speaker, A’Lelia Bundles. Throughout the course of her career, her work has focused primarily in the areas in the fields of history, politics and communication. The great-great-granddaughter of America’s first self-made female entrepreneur – of color or otherwise – Madam C.J. Walker, as well as the great-granddaughter of Harlem Renaissance icon, A’Lelia Walker, she has written about her family’s legacy in Madam Walker Theatre Center: An Indianapolis Treasure and On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker
Her writings have won accolades such as the American Book Award, New York Times Notable Book and Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize among others.
In addition to being a renowned journalist, Bundles served as a television news executive and producer at NBC News and then ABC News for 30 years. She is also an accomplished public speaker and has presented at various colleges, festivals, and conferences on the subjects of African-American history, women’s history, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and financial literacy. Using her personal anecdotes, history and current events, Bundles has touched and inspired countless people.
Bundles continues to build her unique legacy for her family and others by serving as a chairwoman of the National Archives Foundation, a Columbia University trustee, a member of the advisory board of the March on Washington Film Festival, a member of the advisory board of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Schlesinger Library at Harvard and as president of the Madam Walker/A’Lelia Walker Family Archives.
A’Lelia Bundles is also a member of the Advisory Board for Walker’s Legacy and the Board of Directors for the Walker’s Legacy Foundation.
To learn more about A’Lelia, visit www.aleliabundles.com
Happy Birthday, Ms. A’lelia Bundles!