INDIANAPOLIS — Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles will present the keynote address during this year’s Madam C.J. Walker/Frederick Douglass Annual Lecture sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and the Frederick Douglass Papers in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
The third annual lecture and workshop, “A Public Symposium: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker: A Life, a Legacy, and a Landmark,” takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at The Jewel Center, 3333 N. Illinois St.
The event, which includes performances and short talks, will focus on entrepreneurship, history, culture and community.
Bundles, the great-great-granddaughter of Madam Walker, is also author of the biography “On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker.”
Performers scheduled to participate include spoken-word poet and IUPUI student Raven Moody at 10:20 a.m. and a Madam Walker re-enactor from Freetown Village at 10:30 a.m.
Cassandra Williams, interim director of the Africana Studies Program at IUPUI, will present a talk on “Young Entrepreneurs and the Digital Divide” at 2 p.m. Other speakers include the founders of the lecture series: Bessie House-Soremekun, professor of Africana studies, and John Kaufman-McKivigan, the Mary O’Brien Gibson Professor of History and editor of the Frederick Douglass Papers.
The Walker/Douglass lecture series was founded in 2013 as a tribute and permanent celebration of Walker, considered the first female self-made millionaire in America, and Douglass, a seminal African-American abolitionist leader and social reformer.
Tickets are available free of charge, but reservations are requested.