Descendant of Madam C.J. Walker kicks off MTSU Women's History Month




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Published on Mar 16, 2017

“Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” is the theme of this year’s observance of Women's History Month at MTSU.

Madam C.J. Walker’s great-great-granddaughter, author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles, delivered an address at the official opening ceremony Wednesday, March 15, in the Keathley University Center Theater.

Bundles, who has written biographies of Madam C.J. Walker, is a former producer for NBC News and a former producer and executive for ABC News. She maintains the Madam Walker Family Archives and serves as a consultant and historical adviser for Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture, a line of hair care products developed by Sunline Brands.

During the March 15 ceremony, six women also received awards from the MTSU National Women’s History Month Committee for their trailblazing work. They were:

-Dr. Gloria Bonner, recently retired assistant to the president in MTSU’s Office of University Community Relations and a former dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Science.
-Dr. Heather Brown, director of MTSU’s Concrete Industry Management Program.
-Nancy James, director of MTSU’s Child Care Lab.
-Dr. Karen Petersen, interim dean of the MTSU College of Liberal Arts.
-Mary Esther Reed, mayor of Smyrna and an MTSU alumna.

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