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        Our Inspiration: The Story of Maggie Lena Walker

        Armed with courage, perseverance and extraordinary intellect, Maggie Lena Walker overcame the obstacles of race, gender and physical handicap to fulfill her dream of African-American entrepreneurship. Born into poverty, with no college education, Maggie Walker ran a newspaper, started a department store and became the first African-American woman founder and president of a chartered bank in the United States.  

        Maggie Walker: The Early Years

        Born into poverty, with no college education, Maggie Lena Walker overcame obstacles to fulfill her dream of entrepreneurship. She became the first African-American woman founder and president of a charter bank in the United States.

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        Maggie Walker: Challenges and Politics

        Maggie Walker faced many challenges at a time when Jim Crow Laws forced blacks to second-class status.

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        Maggie Walker: Midlife

        Maggie Walker overcame the obstacles of race, gender, and physical handicap to fulfill her dreams. She achieved great success but also faced personal tragedies.

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        Maggie Walker: Her Legacy

        Maggie Lena Walker achieved breakthroughs for blacks and women. She ran a newspaper, started a department store, and became the first woman founder and president of a chartered bank in the United States.

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