Black Ancestors : Barbara Graves

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    Barbara Graves, Wife of Black Enterprise Founder Earl Graves Sr., Dies
    Family matriarch was a guiding force of Black Enterprise and a quiet source of strength and inspiration
    by BLACK ENTERPRISE Posted: May 25, 2012Share on tumblr


    Family matriarch and a guiding force ofBlack Enterprise, Barbara Eliza Graves succumbed early this morning at
    Howard University Hospital after a more than three-year battle with gall bladder cancer. She was 75.
    The wife of Earl G. Graves Sr., the founder, chairman and publisher ofBlack 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 ofBlack Enterprise Magazinein 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 theBlack Enterprise Women of Power Summit, the premier networking event and conference for women executives of color.....

    ...In lieu of flowers, the Graves family requests that donations be made in the name of Barbara Graves to The Bridge Foundation, 130 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. The Bridge Foundation’s mission is to advance young people’s education initiatives....