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Earl G. Graves

Black Enterprise Magazine

1970 - Present

Publishing & Print Media

Military ServiceArmy
1970 b. 1935
UndergraduateMorgan State University
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
RaceBlack or African American
FatherWhite Collar Worker
Era - 1970

After careers in the Army’s Green Berets and in politics, Graves started Black Enterprise to be a news source for and about the growing community of black professionals and to serve as a vehicle for promoting business and economic development. Though it took some time to convince prominent members of the black community of the need for such a publication, Grave eventually garnered the support of over 100,000 leaders and organizations. By 1992, the magazine had national recognition–including advertising support from many Fortune 500 companies–and had revenues of $17.5 million.