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In 1939, Dr. Nathaniel Bronner Sr. was the only male graduate of Apex Beauty College on Auburn Avenue.
Courtesy of Bronner Bros.

The nation's largest African-American beauty show turns 70 years old this weekend. A hair product company called Bronner Brothers puts it on twice a year in Atlanta. This weekend’s show runs from Saturday, Feb. 11 through Monday, Feb. 13.

The brand name might sound masculine, but behind it is a league of black women who overcame Jim Crow laws to lay the groundwork for the African-American hair care industry.

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On Oct. 3, 1949, the nation's first radio station owned by an African-American was founded right here in Atlanta. WERD became a mouthpiece for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a rallying point for the civil rights movement.

Vinyl Outreach Brings 'Sheer Joy' To Seniors

Apr 3, 2015
Ricci de Forest chooses records from his shop, Madame C.J. Walker’s Beauty Shoppe and Museum, to play for the residents of A.G. Rhodes Health and Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, Georgia on  Thursday, March 5, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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Walking into Madame C.J. Walker’s Beauty Shoppe and Museum, you might be a little confused. To the left, an entire wall of vinyl towers over guests, flaunting cubby after cubby of records from virtually every decade squished side by side.

To the right, hairdressing chairs welcome clients among shelves of relics from Madame C.J. Walker’s early 1900s beauty parlor and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.