Her father purchased Madame C.J. Walker Enterprises when she was a little girl, now as president, the mother and avid reader is set to take the company to the next level in a new century. Here, she follows-up her conversation with host Danny Tisdale on HW Radio Show to share her thoughts on Beethoven, her kids and the Schomburg.
Harlem World: What is your job title?
Vivian Randolph: President of Madame C.J. Walker Enterprises.
HW: What do you do for a living?
VR: Manufacture and sell the original Madame C.J. Walker hair care products. I have speaking engagements across the country wherein I speak on the history of Madame Walker and her Legacy, specifically the legacy of her manufacturing company.
HW: Who has been your greatest inspiration?
VR: Madame Walker and my Father, Raymond Randolph.
HW: What are you reading these days?
VR: Several books ranging from C. Vann Woodward’s “The Strange History of Jim Crow” to books about Nikola Tesla.
HW: What’s your favorite music and why?
VR: I like a variety of music from India Irie, Sade to Beethoven. I like music with a positive message and music that inspires or uplifts the spirit.
HW: What is your most treasured possession?
VR: The historical documents of the Madame C.J. Walker Company and my books.
HW: What is your favorite quote?
VR: It is one that my father had me memorize that has been attributed to Mother Teresa; he called it “We the Willing.” Also a quote from the NOI: “No Nation Rises any higher than its Woman.”
HW: Who would you like to meet and why?
VR: The person that finds a cure for Aids and Cancer, because that person would be a true healer.
HW: If you could, what would you give the world as a gift?
HW: What is your proudest accomplishment?
VR: So far, raising my four children and keeping alive the Madame C.J. Walker’s legacy.
HW: What’s your favorite place in Harlem?
VR: The Schomburg Museum on 135th Street and Lenox Avenue.
HW: What are your links for our readers?