Barbara Graves, wife of Black Enterprise founder Earl Graves Sr., dies
(May 25, 2012) Family matriarch and a guiding force of Black Enterprise,
Barbara Kydd Graves succumbed early this morning at Howard University
Hospital after a more than three-year battle with gall bladder cancer.
She was 74.
The wife of Earl G. Graves Sr., the founder, chairman and publisher of
Black Enterprise, she played a vital role in the growth and development
of the publication and media company, and its mission of economic
empowerment and wealth building for African Americans.
Since the launch of Black Enterprise Magazine in 1970, Barbara Graves,
an alumna of Brooklyn College and a former elementary school teacher,
held every major position, including editorial director, circulation
director and chief financial officer, during the 40-plus-year history of
this company. Along the way, she is credited with grooming and
developing several generations of executive leadership, including sons
Earl Jr., Johnny and Michael, all of whom have worked as executives at
Black Enterprise. Graves also co-founded and guided the Black Enterprise
Women of Power Summit, the premier networking event and conference for
women executives of color.
"My mother was a steadfast and loving partner and counselor to my
father; his quiet source of strength and inspiration," says Earl Graves
Jr., president and CEO of Black Enterprise. "She served as mentor and
guide to several generations of employees, managers and professionals.
Above all, she genuinely cared for every member of the Black Enterprise
family, and held a special passion for children and young people in
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
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