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-grandmother, whose parties, friendships, international travels and arts patronage helped define the era. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker –her biography of her great-great-grandmother—was named a New York Times Notable Book.
A’Lelia was a network television news executive and producer for thirty years at NBC News and then at ABC News, where she was Washington, DC deputy bureau chief. 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.
She is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University's Gradudate School of Journalism and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker (Scribner)
The first major biography of Madam C. J. Walker, the early 20th century millionaire hair care entrepreneur who became a philanthropist, arts patron and activist. Named a 2001 New York Times Notable Book , it also received the Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians and is widely used in women's history and African American history courses.
"Race in the U.S.: Know Your History" (Al Jazeera Magazine)August 15, 2015
"Hair As Haute Couture" in Sonya Clark's The Hair Craft Project2015
Madam Walker Theatre Center: An Indianapolis Treasure2013
Madam C. J. Walker: Entrepreneur (Chelsea House)1991 and 2008 (revised)