A'lelia Bundles


Honorary Degree (2003)
Doctor of Humane Letters
Location: Indianapolis
Presenter: Adam Herbert


The great-great-granddaughter of Indianapolis entrepreneur, social activist and influential philanthropist Madame C.J. Walker, A'Lelia Bundles is an Emmy-winning news producer, author and lecturer. She wrote the best-selling book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madame C. J. Walker, and a prize-winning biography for young adults, Madam C. J. Walker: Entrepreneur. She worked for NBC News and then for ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jenings was promoted to Washington, D.C., deputy bureau chief and then to director of talent development in Washington and New York.

She also is a strong voice for the future of education, having served as president of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, director of the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., and as advisory board member of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. She also has been a board member of the IU Center on Philanthropy in Indianapolis and of the Madam Walker Theatre Center.