Visionary Entrepreneur And Media Mogul Earl Graves Who Championed Blacks In Business And Wealth Creation Dies At 85
By Kamau Austin, Publisher Scoop Publications
It recently has been widely reported in major media like CNN, The New York Times, and many others outlets legendary innovative pioneer Earl Graves Sr., and Founder of Black Enterprise Magazine, has died at 85 years of age. Reportedly he had a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Graves, according to a share on social media from his son Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr., died Monday. According to PhillyTrib.com, Grave's son shared "At 9:22pm this evening, April 6, my Father and Hero Earl Graves Sr., the Founder of Black Enterprise, passed away quietly after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. I loved and admired this giant of a man, and am blessed to be his namesake. LOVE YOU DAD!"
Before the Black consumer market was considered a desirable consumer market Graves saw the need to teach Blacks to be successful business people. Later in the development of his Black Enterprise magazine he also steered the editorial to include robust informative content on wealth creation. He was the logical outgrowth of the Civil Rights Movement and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's concern to shift to economic empowerment in the Black community