It is with profound sadness that we share the news, just announced by our CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. @earlbutchgraves, of the passing of his father and Black Enterprise Founder and Publisher Earl G. Graves Sr. earlier this evening, April 6, at the age of 85. With the launch of Black Enterprise in August 1970, our visionary founder created a vehicle to provide information and advocacy that has empowered and inspired generations of African Americans to build wealth through business ownership, career advancement, and money management. Through his media company, which now comprises national business and lifestyle events, web and digital offerings, he opened the door for the best and brightest in the global business arena.
For nearly a half century, Graves has been the cornerstone and catalyst for a multigenerational network of the most accomplished black entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals in every industry, from Main Street to Wall Street, and from Silicon Valley to the White House.
The entire Black Enterprise Family joins the Graves Family in mourning Earl Graves’ passing, and will evermore celebrate his life and legacy, in this, our 50th Anniversary Year, and beyond. blackenterprise earlgraves blackwealth blackownedbusiness buyblack blackeconomy blackexcellence icon securethebag melanin dope fortheculture blacklove