Director Stanley Nelson and author A’Lelia Bundles will discuss the life of Madam C.J. Walker and the importance of truthful storyteller this coming Monday. The online event will start with a screening of Nelson’s debut work Two Dollar And A Dream which was his 1987 film about Madam C.J. Walker and the first film to look at her life. Bundles is Madam C.J. Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker which was used as inspiration for the Netflix series Self Made. Nelson is the grandson of Freeman B. Ransom who was Walker’s attorney and the general manager for her hair care company. Nelson interviewed men and women who worked for Walker’s company such as former sales representatives, office assistants and executives. He also looked at Walker’s role as the first Black philanthropist and her daughter A’Lelia’s contribution as a patron of the Harlem Renaissance. This beginning of Nelson’s career led to other critically acclaimed films including Freedom Riders, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, The Murder of Emmett Till and Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.
Tina Martin, an Emmy-nominated journalist and host of the WORLD series Local, USA will moderate the discussion. The event happens Monday at 7 PM ET on the World Channel. Viewers can register for the free event here.