Film: Two Dollars and a Dream

March on Washington Film Festival

Explore the life and legacy of Madam C.J. Walker

Join us for a screening of Stanley Nelson’s 1988 film about Madam C.J. Walker,  America's first female self-made millionaire. In addition to building a national company manufacturing hair care products and training schools for hair technicians, Madam Walker used her wealth and platform to promote self-esteem in Black women, organize against racism, and support economic independence.

Film run time: 52 minutes; followed by a panel discussion.


  • A'Lelia Bundles: Journalist, biographer and descendant of Madam C. J. Walker
  • Dr. Tiffany Gill: Author and Associate Professor, History & Africana Studies, University of Delaware
  • Camille Friend: Award-winning Hollywood film and television hair stylist (Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Dreamgirls)
  • Moderated by Isisara Bey: Artistic Director, March on Washington Film Festival


Tickets are $15 and registration is required.

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This Cultural Capital program partnership is presented by the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative in collaboration with the March on Washington Film Festival.

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