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Civil Rights Pioneer CJ Walker to be Portrayed at South County Library

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VOOREES, NJ – January 28, 2015 – The South County Branch of the Camden County Library System will host a live performance, Madame CJ Walker: “Self Made Woman”, presented by the American Historical Theatre, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Walker was a 19th Century entrepreneur and an early civil rights advocate. She revolutionized the hair care and cosmetics industry, becoming America’s first, female, self-made millionaire.


As a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, she was instrumental in its efforts to make lynching a federal crime. Walker was recognized by the National Association of Colored Women for her contributions to save the home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. She donated regularly to the NAACP, the YMCA and to black schools, organizations, individuals, orphanages and retirement homes.

Walker will be portrayed by Dr. Daisy Century, an area educator with a PhD in science education from Temple University. She seeks to inspire others through her thoroughly-researched, dramatically intense portrayals of historical figures.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at or by calling the branch at (856) 753-2537. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities


The CJ Walker program is made possible in part by the American Historical Theatre, Philadelphia, PA.




Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.