July Already?!? This year is just flying by the seat of my pants.
So, Today I am bringing you another Black Beauty Matters Blog! I am introducing to you today Mrs. Rose Meta Morgan. Enjoy!!!
Life & Legacy
Born in Edward, Mississippi in 1912, Rose Meta Morgan grew up in Chicago. By 1942, she owned and operated the largest African American beauty parlor in the world. Following the business example of her father, industrious former sharecropper Chaptle Morgan, Morgan began making artificial flowers and convincing neighborhood children to sell them door-to-door at 10. Her skills with hair flowered into a business by age 14.
After attending Morris School of Beauty, Morgan rented a booth in a neighborhood salon and began working full-time. In 1938, she styled the hair of singer/actress Ethel Waters and impressed her so much that Morgan was invited to New York City as Waters’ guest. Awed by the city’s glamour, Morgan moved there and within six months had established enough customers to open her own beauty shop. Soon, she hired five stylists and signed a ten-year lease on a vacant, dilapidated mansion. By 1946, the Rose Meta House of Beauty had a staff of 29, including 20 hairstylists, three licensed masseurs, and a registered nurse.
Morgan opposed notions of beauty, which hold that kinky hair is bad, believing there is beauty in everyone. She began marketing her own line of cosmetics and staging fashion shows. With her ever-increasing success, Morgan bought a new building. In 1955, Rose Morgan’s House of Beauty opened in a more stylish setting with a dressmaking department and a charm school in addition to the existing salon facilities. In the early 1960s, she added a wig salon. Over time, she employed and trained over 3,000 people.
10 Facts You Did Not Know!
10. Morgan married boxer Joe Louis on Christmas Day 1955. & got them on a quiz show, and during their run they won more than $60,000.
9. In 1965, Morgan was one of the founders of New York’s only black-owned commercial bank, the Freedom National Bank
8. She retired in the 1970s. Morgan continues to exercise every day and care for her health and beauty.
7. The poet Langston Hughes once said that Morgan was on a stairway to the stars.
6. Morgan almost immediately became a very popular beautician. In just six months’ time after graduating Beauty School she had developed a large enough clientele to establish her own beauty shop.
5. Rose Meta House of Beauty was the biggest African American beauty parlor in the world, well in the black and earning handsome profits.
4. Morgan was one of the first people to begin quashing such racist notions. She spent her career pointing out the beauty inherent in everyone, insisting that there was no such thing as bad hair and that African American hair was equally beautiful to any other. “Miss Morgan contends,” Ebony continued, “this belief [that African American hair is inferior] is a reflection of the extent to which white America has warped the values of certain Negroes who feel that the more Negroid a Negro the less attractive. “Hair textures vary from race to race and type to type’she says, “and it is very wrong to classify one kind as “better” than another.
3. Morgan sold her own line of cosmetics, in which she exhibited a progressive flair for marketing. By identifying her market, tailoring her cosmetics to it, and pricing them carefully, the cosmetics line sold extremely well.
2. In 1972 she began franchising a new business, Trim-Away Figure Contouring.
1. Famous For Her Quote: “I have been happiest in knowing that I made women more beautiful, that people have leaned on my shoulder, that I have taught hundreds of hands to do what these two do.”