Former Emmy award-winning producer for ABC and NBC news, journalist and author A’Lelia Bundles will host The Family Collage on October 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm. through the Duke Energy sponsored Heritage and History series. Bundles is the great, great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, laleliaan entrepreneur and pioneer in the hair industry for African American women in the 19th century. Additionally, Bundles is the great granddaughter of A’Lelia Walker, who was a Harlem Renaissance icon who travelled the world collecting friends and art along the way. Bundles has captured the life of Madam C.J. Walker in her novel: “On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker” and is currently writing her fourth book about A’Lelia Walker.

“A’Lelia will remind us of the importance of compiling family stories and history,” said Gantt Center President & CEO David Taylor. “Collecting familial history is vital to the preservation of our past and as the weather cools down and holiday season begins, there’s no better time.”

Through her presentation, Bundles will guide the audience through the 19th century and Harlem Renaissance-era sharing fascinating stories about both compelling and impressive ancestors, Madam C.J. Walker and A’Lelia Walker.

“Madam Walker has had an impact on my life because I could see what an inspiration she was for others. I feel fortunate that I now am able to inspire others with her story,” said Bundles.

Heritage and History: The Family Collage with A’Lelia Bundles will be held at the Harvey B. Gantt Center at 551 South Tryon Street. Ticket prices are $15 for the general public and $10 for members.

Heritage & History Series is generously sponsored by Duke Energy.