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1913 Walker is making more than $3,000 a month and purchases an elegant home in New York City. 1913–1916 Walker continues to expand her business and travels to countries including Cuba, Jamaica, and Panama. She also starts building her reputation as a philanthropist who makes major financial contributions to groups and causes benefiting African Americans. By 1916, she is making more than $100,000 a year and officially moves to New York City. , with other African American leaders in the hopes of speaking to President Woodrow Wilson about antilynching legislation.

As she noted, these men “were prone to look down upon ‘hair dressers’ as they called us. . ” Walker regularly attended conferences and meetings sponsored by African American business leagues. Her ability to communicate the importance of her industry helped her ultimately succeed in reshaping the opinions of many notable African American men, including Booker T. Washington. 28 Walker’s desire to help other people gave them a way out. ” It didn’t take long for Walker to realize that it was time to expand yet again.

That same year, she added to her real estate holdings: she bought an elegant home on 136th Street in New York City. For a woman who once found it difficult to make her rent payments in the poorer section of Saint Louis, it was no small thing to own property in one of the wealthier areas of New York. But Walker did not sit back and spend all her hardearned money on herself and her family. More determined than ever, she used her growing fortune to help other members of her race overcome discrimination and realize success.

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