Condolence & Memory Journal

Earl Graves was such a wonderful friend to the McKinney family. Barbara, Michael & Butch we are so saddened by your loss.

Posted by LINDA DYSON - Atlanta, GA - friend   June 07, 2020

Mr. Graves was a man of enormous dignity, intelligence and stature. He demanded the best from his employees--which was no less than that which he demanded from himself. He had the very highest standards and absolutely refused to accept anything that was in any way inferior or sub-standard. He was a colossus of a man in his accomplishments. He made people believe in their own abilities to be successful--even when they faced obstacles and impediments. His legacy of success as an entrepreneur, quiet, behind-the-scenes social activism
and dedication to family lives on.

Posted by Barbara Mosely - Bronx, NY   May 08, 2020

We are saddened to hear of the loss of your dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather, friends, colleagues and all of those whose lives he touched through his accomplished as founder and publisher of Black Enterprise magazine. May you fine comfort with you during this difficult time in your lives and in your wealth of fond memories together. Mr. Earl Graves, Sr. will always be known for his legacy he built as a successful entrepreneurship black man. May the God of tender mercies, love, peace and comfort be with you all during this most difficult time.

Posted by Pat - MD   May 04, 2020

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by Miss Johnson - ATHENS, GA   April 27, 2020


In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Valenda Newell - INDIANAPOLIS, IN   April 16, 2020

I am so sorry about the loss of Earl. Loved Black Enterprise magazine! The Graves family has my deepest condolences. I pray that you will be surrounded continuously with love and support. And, as you go through this difficult time, may Almighty God give you everlasting comfort (2 Thess. 2:16).

Posted by Jenee    April 13, 2020

Posted by LeeRoy - TN   April 13, 2020


My condolences to the family.

Posted by Allyson Romain - Hiriam, GA - student   April 13, 2020


Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Always loved reading Black Enterprise magazine.

Posted by Angela Peterson - Madison, GA   April 13, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Graves family, so very sorry for your loss. The many contributions of Mr. Graves will be remembered always.

Posted by A friend   April 12, 2020


As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by Gloria Draper - Newington, CT   April 12, 2020

message of condolence

Posted by Marlene Ledford - New York   April 11, 2020

Condolences to the family of a great business and family man. I was inspired by his successful publication "Black Enterprise" on many level.

Posted by Lana Mitchell - Des Moines,, IA   April 11, 2020

Mr. Earl Graves Sr. and Black Enterprise were my first
view at Black enterprise on a larger scale. My
sincere condolences to the family. Thank you
sharing your father, husband, brother, uncle with us.
He leaves a legacy of big shoes to fill.

Posted by Judy Hopkins - Macon, GA   April 11, 2020


Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Joyce Wright - Macon, GA   April 11, 2020

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's..

Posted by A friend   April 11, 2020


Posted by -C M - Charlotte, NC   April 11, 2020


Rest in Peace thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

Posted by Carla H    April 11, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Graves Family, May the God of Tender Mercies comfort your grieving hearts with loving kindness and strength as you cope with the loss in your lives. Earl left a legacy behind that will never be forgotten.

Posted by BRY - CA   April 11, 2020


May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Kevin Mitchell - St. Louis, MO   April 11, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. May Our Heavenly Father, The God of all Comfort grant you peace during this difficult time.

Posted by D. Key    April 11, 2020

What an incredible human being especially for our black community. We are so proud of your accomplishment. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   April 11, 2020

A GREAT loss to ALL human races.

Posted by ED ORUM - Decatur, AL - teacher   April 11, 2020

Sorry to hear of the loss.

Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   April 11, 2020

We lost a visionary. He worked tirelessly to portray people of color is a positive light. He sought to inform and expose us to dreams that we could aspire to achieve. I am grateful for his life and legacy.

Posted by A friend   April 10, 2020

May His Spirit Rest In Peace

Posted by Jesse Giddeon - Hurtsboro, AL - friend   April 10, 2020

Heartfelt sympathy to the Graves family. Our community has lost a great leader. R.I.P.

Posted by Ingrid Watkins - Atlanta, GA   April 10, 2020

Mr Graves was a very intelligent individual man. He will be missed. The family has my sympathy. May our Great God be with the family to comfort them.

Posted by Lindsey    April 10, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the family and friends for your loss. At this difficult time, may God comfort you and give you peace.

Posted by A friend   April 10, 2020

Earl Graves was my mentor, my professional inspiration, my advisor during my doctoral program at Columbia University. He was kind, giving, tough, but fair. He left an indelible mark on my spirit which no one can replace. A trailblazer who paved a road for countless to travel. He will be missed.

Posted by Alexandra (Sandy) King - Washington, DC - coworker   April 10, 2020

Mr. Graves Black Enterprise Magazine inspired many of us not to give up. Even if we had some bumps along the road we could still make it and succeed. Many of us of color were inspired as we read the magazine of successful individuals. He will be remembered. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   April 10, 2020

What an outstanding man Mr Earl Graves Sr his magazines has guided so many he was so dedicated in his work may the family be comforted in knowing he is asleep now from all his toiling and may our Grand Creator comfort and give all of you peace

Posted by Kay    April 10, 2020

To the Graves Family:

I remember when a young man (college student )came to our door in Alabama , offering subscriptions to Black Enterprise ; even though , I was still in college , it was a wonderful feeling helping Black Enterprise to become a successful magazine.
May Mr. Graves rest easy in the arms of Jesus!

Betty Henderson- Detroit

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Posted by Alishia - SC   April 10, 2020

my condolences to his friends and his family he was a pioneer in a world segregation a separation, I was there a Meijer his work his magazine it is joy for the community sincerely Burlington photography artworks Global digital Museum may you rest in peace.

Posted by David Call - Burlington, VT   April 10, 2020

What a man, what a man. Thank God for giants like Mr. Graves. Mr. Graves' legacy speaks for itself in a world-wide arena. Blessings to the Graves family.

Posted by G. Burton - District Heights, MD   April 10, 2020

My condolences to the family. I am quite familiar with his magazine
It gave very practical advice for a successful business. I didn't realize all his achievements, but I was not surprised in reading it. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.

Posted by A friend   April 10, 2020