Essex County College served as the backdrop on May 9 for the official launch in Newark of the newest Moms Who Hustle: A Financial Planning and Entrepreneurship Program location. The Walker’s Legacy Foundation has partnered with the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) to train budding businesswomen.
The foundation is named in honor of Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam C. J. Walker. Madam Walker was an African American single mother and the first self-made female millionaire in the United States. She developed her own African American hair products line in 1905.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the setting of the announcement, in the College’s’ Training, Inc. offices, was perfect. “Essex County College has always been an important part of the city,” he said. “Many of our children start their higher education here.”
Aisha Glover, Acting President and CEO of Newark CEDC, said 25 businesswomen will be a part of the city’s first round with Walker’s Legacy. “We look forward to supporting all of the participants as their businesses grow.”
The Moms Who Hustle program is in some 20 cities across the country. “If we ignore this community (single mothers) then we are ignoring our own community,” said Natalie Madeira Cofield, founder and CEO of Walker’s Legacy. “We all need to give ourselves a start.”