Madame C. J. Walker the first female millionaire in America


The year is 1905, ten years before the founding of the Maybelline cosmetic company, Madame C.J. Walker founded her cosmetic company, and within 10 years became America’s first female millionaire.

“This modern day Oprah Winfrey made her fortune innovating beauty and hair products for women through Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the successful business she founded. she became one of the wealthiest African American women in the country, “the world’s most successful female entrepreneur of her time,” and one of the most successful African-American business owners ever.”

It is interesting to note that Madame C. J. Walker was an associate of the Pentecostal Bishop, Garfield Thomas Haywood. She was known to have supported Haywood’s ministry and attended his funeral upon his death. In fact, the general legal counsel of the C. J. Walker conglomerate, Attorney Robert Lee Brokenburr, another close friend of Haywood, offered his tribute upon Haywood’s death, as reported and in the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, “Haywood will go down in history as one of the greatest religious leaders of our generation. He was unselfish and interested in every movement for the uplifting of mankind irrespective of race or color. His activities prove conclusively that a Negro can be more than a Negro leader, for many of his followings were large numbers of the best type of white folks in the country. People of all races came to be taught by him from all parts of the country.

In the founding and developing of his church he did with many of the best minds thought would be impossible; [he brought whites and blacks together.] He had the courage of his conviction, and will carry on in the face of any kind of a position without thought or fear of personal consequences. His presence will long be missed and his services will benefit mankind throughout the years.”

Image: Attorney R. L. Brokenburr. Prominent for years in civil rights litigation in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This relationship between Haywood and C. J. Walker is yet another marker of Pentecostal Oneness influence on America’s growth and race inclusiveness.

It is often said behind every great man is a great woman. Madame C J Walker reveals a greater truth.


A Wise Man and a Basketball – A Tribute

Harry, Nevil Shed, Billy Jo Hill


Young Harry team photo


Harry and wife at the White House with President George and Laura Bush


Harry Flournroy, Jr., a man of great royalty. Far above his physical stature, he stood tall. A man above other men. All who encountered him were engulfed in his greatness. Great, not because of his basketball prowess, not because he is a Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, but great for who he was as a person. A great husband, father, friend and mentor. He made a difference in community and the world.

I remember first meeting him. I stood in awe. I stared at him as if I were in a world-famous museum. Admiring not only what he accomplished on the basketball court, but in admiration of the class and royal spirit that emanated from him. As I stood in the crowd admiring, I was pleasantly surprise and struck when this giant of a man walk up to me and said, “friend. He began to converse with me, as if I had known him for years. So easy to talk to, he was. Offering me, unsolicited, life advice, “Life is what you make it, he said to me.” Not knowing his words meant a lot to me, or maybe he did, I often thought.

Harry passed away today, November 26, 2016. We will miss him, the world will miss him, but the great thing, we will see him again.

Harry remember you are my friend, save me a spot at court side.

A short Bio of his greatness:

“Born in 1943, Harry Flournoy, Jr. was a former American college basketball player, originally from Gary, Indiana where he graduated from Emerson High in 1962. He played college basketball for Texas Western College, later called the University of Texas at El Paso, or UTEP; he made history when his team won an NCAA Division I National Championship with the first ever all African-American starting lineup under Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins in 1966.” It is considered by many the game that changed America. “He only played for six minutes in the championship game before twisting his knee, but following the victory he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated rebounding a ball over Pat Riley.

After his career at Texas Western, Flournoy became a teacher and basketball coach at an elementary school in El Paso, TX. Harry has 6 children; 1 daughter from his first marriage, and 3 daughters and 2 sons from his second marriage; and no children from his 3rd (current) marriage. Harry and his current wife reside in McDonough, GA, a suburb of Atlanta.

In the 2006 film Glory Road about the 1966 Championship team, Flournoy was portrayed by Mehcad Brooks.”

Along with the 1966 Texas Western College team, Harry was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Flournoy, Harry, Jr. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

Make America Great Again…

…The Problem I have with “Make America Great Again” My family and some others pictured here just got the right to vote 60 years earlier. America is great!

My Uncle Elder Collins, My Great Grandfather Bishop Haywood, My other Great-grandfather Bishop Hancock, and my namesake Bishop Ellington Forbes, loving history more today!

~Ellington L. Ellis~