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A’Lelia Bundles is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, the 2001 New York Times Notable Book about her entrepreneurial great-great-grandmother and the inspiration for Self Made, the fictional Netflix series starring Octavia Spencer.

She is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, about her great grandmother whose parties, arts patronage and international travels helped define the era.​

A former network television news executive and producer at ABC News and NBC News, she is a vice chairman emerita of Columbia University’s Board of Trustees and chair emerita of the board of the National Archives Foundation.

She is on the advisory boards of the March on Washington Film Festival, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute, and the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative.

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