This is the Perfect Place for Black Women to Innovate

March 6, 2019

The New Voices Foundation is a nonprofit on a mission to empower women of color entrepreneurs. And they’ve found the PERFECT location to do just that: the legendary entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker’s mansion, Villa Lewaro!

Founder of the New Voices Foundation Richelieu Dennis (also the founder of SheaMoisture) elaborated on plans for the home in a recent statement:

“We are excited to announce that the vision for future use of the property is as a learning institute, or think tank, to foster entrepreneurship for present and future generations.”

The home of barrier-breaking Madam CJ Walker is perfect for a number of reasons.

As her great-great-granddaughter notes, “No one at the time believed that a Black woman could afford such a place. So, I can think of no better way to celebrate Villa Lewaro’s 100th anniversary [...] as a place to inspire today’s entrepreneurs, tomorrow’s leaders, and our entire community.”

During the Harlem Renaissance, Walker’s home was a social and cultural spot for the day’s most distinguished artists and activists to gather. Leaders like Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and W.E.B. Du Bois could be found there!

In 1976, Villa Lewaro became a National Historic Landmark. And when its doors open again, history will keep being made as Black women entrepreneurs continue Madam CJ Walker’s pioneering legacy.

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