Earl Gilbert Graves, Sr. (born January 9, 1935) is an author,
publisher, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder of
Black Enterprise magazine. Graves was born in Brooklyn, New York
and grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of New York City. He
is a 1958 alumnus of Morgan State University, having received a
Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He is a member of Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc. From 1965 to 1968, Graves served as an
administrative assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
When Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in Memphis, Graves
was assigned by Senator Kennedy to oversee the arrangements for Rev
King's body to be brought home. In 1968, Graves started Earl G.
Graves, Ltd. Under that holding company, he began the Earl G.
Graves Associates management consulting firm. In 1970, the
company's Earl G. Graves Publishing Company division began
publishing Black Enterprise magazine. Black Enterprise states as
its goal to provide inspiration to African Americans in the
business sector. The magazine has 500,000 paid subscribers and over
3 million readers. It has also grossed $53 million in sales.