AFPWM Book Club
A group of non-profit professionals will get together over multiple sessions and discuss the book around a variety subject including non-profits, fundraising, history philanthropy, donors, leadership, and more. Attendees can expect a unique and intimate opportunity where they can ask questions, share their experiences and dive deeper into discussions with their peers in the non-profit sector.
When & Where?
Anyone is welcome to join!
The book club will be virtual on the second to the last Tuesday on each month. You can choose your time, 7AM, 12PM, or 6PM to join via ZOOM. Additionally, we are planning some in-person networking events and a workshop to go along with few of the books.
Questions? Contact Missy Summers
Third Quarter Book
Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow by: Tyrone McKinley Freeman
3rd Quarter 2023 (July 18th, August 22nd, & September 19th)
Founder of a beauty empire, Madam C. J. Walker was celebrated as America’s first self-made female millionaire in the early 1900s. Known as a leading African American entrepreneur, Walker was also devoted to an activist philanthropy aimed at empowering African Americans and challenging the injustices inflicted by Jim Crow.
Tyrone McKinley Freeman’s biography highlights how giving shaped Walker’s life before and after she became wealthy. Poor and widowed when she arrived in St. Louis in her twenties, Walker found mentorship among black churchgoers and working black women. Her adoption of faith, racial uplift, education, and self-help soon informed her dedication to assisting black women’s entrepreneurship, financial independence, and activism. Walker embedded her philanthropy in how she grew her business, forged alliances with groups like the National Association of Colored Women, funded schools and social service agencies led by African American women and enlisted her company’s sales agents in local charity and advocacy work.
Illuminating and dramatic, Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving broadens our understanding of black women’s charitable giving and establishes Walker as a foremother of African American philanthropy.