It is with a heavy heart that Odyssey Media says goodbye to Earl G. Graves, Sr., a Visionary, Trailblazer and Business Icon.
Launching Black Enterprise 50 years ago, he was a pioneer and forged the way for African Americans to succeed in the business mainstream and inspired so many to embrace higher education, attain financial empowerment and “achieve their measure of the American dream.” It is without question that he served as a role model and touched the lives of so many.
I fondly remember meeting Mr. Graves at an event shortly after launching our first publication “Odyssey Couleur.” With an authentic and genuine spirit, he did not skip a beat in giving me critical advice — “watch your paper cost, print operations and ad revenue cash flow,” and complimented me on a job well done! I shook his hand, thanked him profusely and smiled. In reflecting on this encounter, I never forgot his advice and it served me well.
LaQuanda Murray, Odyssey Media VP of Sales and Marketing worked nearly a decade at Black Enterprise, and looks back on him as not only a mentor, but also a father figure. “The genuine care, concern and guidance he gave to me has had a profound impact on my life both as a professional and on a personal level, I feel truly blessed to have known him.”
The Odyssey Family joins the multitudes of leaders in our community and business in expressing our profound thanks and regards for the life of Earl G. Graves., Sr.
Rest in Eternal Peace,
Linda Spradley Dunn
President & CEO