Hello! My name is C.J., and I live in Sunflower Village, Ohio. My parents named me after the first female self-made millionaire of the United States, Sarah Breedlove better known as Madam C.J. Walker.
Madam Walker built her fortune in the early 1900’s by developing a hair care business for women of color that had been struggling with inadequate products and baldness. She would go onto expand her business into a factory, beauty school, sales training facility and research laboratory.
She trained thousands of women and taught them financial independence. A true feminist of her time.
I am a leader in my school and community just like Madam C.J. Walker. My passions are entrepreneurship and economics.
I am C.J., an American of African descent. Welcome to Sunflower Village!
Hello! My name is Maya, and I live in Sunflower Village, Ohio. My parents named me after the renowned American sculptor and architectural genius Maya Lin. I have always loved simple and colorful clothing.
As a senior in college at Yale, Maya Lin won the national competition for designing a monument to celebrate the history and sacrifice of the Vietnam War. This accomplishment of design is located in Washington, D.C and is The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
She would then go on to design the Civil Rights Memorial in Birmingham, Alabama.
Maya Lin, the sculptor, is known for her simplistic style with graceful and polished lines.
My passions are art and design, just like my namesake.
I am Maya, an American of Chinese descent. Welcome to Sunflower Village!
Hello! My name is Sonia, and I live in Sunflower Village, Ohio. My parents named me after the first Latina U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
Judge Sotomayor was raised as the eldest of two in New York City via the Bronx. Born into a working class family that prioritized excellence in education she aspired to attend Princeton University and then went on to Yale Law.
At Princeton, she was awarded the Pyne Prize which is the highest academic honor. At Yale she was the editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Judge Sotomayor strives for excellence in learning and law. I love learning the history of Latin culture, and how it has influenced our wonderful country.
My passions are history and fashion.
I am Sonia, an American of Puerto Rican descent. Welcome to Sunflower Village!
Hello! My name is Hilda and I live in Sunflower Village, Ohio. My parents named me after Hilda Solis, the first person of Central American heritage to hold a cabinet Secretary position.
Hilda was the first member of her family to graduate college. She was the first woman to ever receive the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award. She earned the award for shedding light on minority and low-income communities needing environmental protections to keep their families safe.
Both of Hilda’s parents were in labor unions when she was young. As a social advocate, she fought for labor, immigration, and the environment.
My passions are environmental causes and inclusion. My friends know that I am the one who always arranges everything for our groups, activities, and fun time.
I am Hilda, an American of Mexican descent. Welcome to Sunflower Village!
Hello! My name is Jhumpa and I live in Sunflower Village, Ohio. My parents named me after author, Nilanjana Sudeshna Lahiri, known to her friends as Jhumpa.
Lahiri was awarded the 2000 Pulitizer Prize for Fiction for her short story collection Interpreter of Maladies.
Appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities by President Barack Obama, she would later resign and take her talents to Princeton University as a creative writing professor.
She is known for her stories which share the voice of the Indian American. As a result, the Indian American voice is heard; therefore, creating their space in the US melting pot.
My passions are reading, oratory, and jewelry making.
I am Jhumpa, an American of Bangladesh descent. Welcome to Sunflower Village!
Hello! My name is Eleanor, my friends call me Ellie, and I live in Sunflower Village, Ohio. My parents named me after Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, better known as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Eleanor Roosevelt was orphaned as a young child. She was raised by her grandmother and would go on to marry our soon-to-be, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
She was an outspoken First Lady, a human rights activist, and civil rights supporter. She accomplished great things in her life.
Mrs. Roosevelt advocated use of the media as a launch pad for her passions and organizations she supported. Imagine her voice if she lived today and was able to communicate using the internet and social media!
My passions are travel and social causes. Additionally, I loved attending non-profit events with my grandmother.
I am Ellie, an American of Irish descent. Welcome to Sunflower Village!