Influential People in the History of Black [natural] Hair

influential people in the history of black natural hair

People who shaped the culture of black [natural] hair into what it is today.

There are always people who move along the events on the timeline of history.  This is no different from the history of black [natural] hair.  This page will be dedicated to these people and their accomplishments that moved our hair culture to where it is today – either positively, or negatively.  For a far better read, check out the book HairStory: Untangling the Roots of of Black Hair in America by Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps.  Also check out  These are among my sources.

Influential People in the History of Black [natural] Hair

Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone, 1869 – 1957

Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone

 Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker, 1867 – 1919

Madame CJ Walker

Marjorie Stewart Joyner, 1896 – 1994

Marjorie Joyner portrait

Madame Sarah Spencer Washington, 1889 – 1953

Madame Sarah Spencer Washington

Madame Nobia (N.A.) Franklin, 1892 – 1934

Nobia Franklin thumbnail

Garrett Augustus Morgan, 1877 – 1963

Garrett Morgan pic