A’Lelia Bundles is an award-winning author and great-great-granddaughter of the entrepreneurial activist and philanthropist, Madam C.J. Walker. A Netflix Original series inspired by Bundles’ book (On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker) stars Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish, and is produced by LeBron James (March 2020).
A former network television news executive and producer at ABC News and NBC News, Bundles is also well-versed in American journalism as well as social justice and civil rights issues. She is vice-chairman of Columbia University’s Board of Trustees and chair emerita of the National Archives in Washington, DC. Bundles serves on the advisory boards of the March on Washington Film Festival and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute.
"Our stories are our power. I write the books I wish had been written for me." - A'Lelia Bundles
Bundles is currently finishing her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance (Scribner), which highlights her great-grandmother, whose parties, arts patronage and international travels helped define the era.
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