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Founder and Publisher Earl G. Graves, Sr. launches a publication that has become and remains “the bible of black business,â€ ensuring that African Americans would not be kept out of the American marketplace.
Charles Evers, then-mayor of Fayette, Mississippi who served as the magazine’s first cover subject, typified black entrepreneurs that emerged from the Civil Rights Movement and demonstrated the qualities required to be successful: Business savvy, political muscle and boundless tenacity. A member of BE’s first advisory board, he operated the successful Medgar Evers Shopping Center, named in honor of his brother, the prominent civil rights leader slain by an assassin’s bullet in 1963.
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