Earl Graves Sr. Created a Blueprint for Brand-Building

The ‘Black Enterprise’ founder’s visionary legacy

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Earl Graves Sr. had a presence.

At nearly 6 feet 4 inches, Graves often dominated the rooms he entered. It wasn’t just his height that commanded respect or his signature sideburns; what made the man truly legendary was his vision. Over his 85 years, the Black