This inspirational book tells the true story of the first freeborn child of Louisiana sharecroppers who rose from a world of poverty and discrimination to find success as a businesswoman and philanthropist. This biography details the life of Sarah Breedlove Walker, who pioneered hair and beauty care products for black women, and became a great financial success. As an African-American girl born in the South just after the end of slavery, Sarah learns the importance of hard work while admiring the confidence of self-assured women. As an adult, she gains this confidence herself while operating her own business. Walker's story exemplifies the courage to dream and determination of a woman who wanted a better life for herself and her race. Full-color illustrations.