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A’Lelia Bundles

A’Lelia Bundles is at work on her fourth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-great-grandmother, whose parties, friendships, international travels and arts patronage made her a central figure of the era. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker (Scribner)—A’Lelia’s biography of her great-great-grandmother—was named a New York Times Notable Book and received the Association of Black Women Historians’ Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize.

A’Lelia was a network television news executive and producer for 30 years at NBC News and then at ABC News, where she was Washington, DC Deputy Bureau Chief and later Director of Talent Development. She currently is chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation, a Columbia University trustee and on the advisory boards of the March on Washington Film Festival and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Schlesinger Library at Harvard. As president of the Madam Walker/A’Lelia Walker Family Archives, she shares the history of her famous ancestors through speeches, publications, documents, photographs and several public initiatives.

Her young adult biography, Madam C. J. Walker: Entrepreneur received an American Book Award. Her pictorial history, Madam Walker Theater Center: An Indianapolis Treasure, includes more than 100 photographs from the Walker Archives.

A’Lelia’s articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Parade, Ms, O Magazine, Essence,, several encyclopedias including Black Women in America and African American National Biography and on her websites at and  

She has been a keynote speaker at Harvard University, the Library of Congress, London City Hall and dozens of colleges, conventions and book festivals. She also has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, BBC, NPR and other major networks. Among her broadcast journalism awards are an Emmy and a du Pont Gold Baton.