Empowerment Comes Through Correct Action.
However, action is preceded by attaining the proper knowledge. Once the knowledge is obtained failure to act on that knowledge makes one a coward or a traitor to their race. …C. Lowman
The First African American Millionaires
William Alexander Leidesdorff
“The life of William Alexander Leidesdorff is the kind of African-American success story that deserves its proper place in history. Young people, both Black and White, need to know that even during the era of slavery, African-Americans were leaders among the pioneers who settled the West and built our great cities. The fact that Leidesdorff served on San Francisco’s first school board and helped to start the city’s first school attests to the importance that African-Americans accorded education even on the frontier and even in that difficult time” (Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund) Leidesdorff preceded Madam C.J. Walker by some 30+ years.
Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, created specialized hair products for African-American hair and was the first American woman to become a millionaire through her own business. The key to Madam C.J. Walker’s success was not only her ingenuity, tenacity and business acumen, but also by the fact, that she had a built in market, for her products. ABAFA’s African American Plan for Africans In America and the Diaspora (AAPAD), is to bring together 10% of the African Americans in the U.S., to create a built in market for African American Entrepreneurs.
While our strength lies in knowledge of our selves, our route to freedom and liberation lie in economic self determination