Barbara Graves Dies at 74

The wife of Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves was a guiding force for the magazine.

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Barbara Graves (Courtesy of the Graves family/Black Enterprise)

Barbara Kydd Graves, matriarch of the family behind Black Enterprise magazine, succumbed early this morning to gall bladder cancer after a more than three-year battle. She was 74 years old.

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.

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