BLACK ENTERPRISE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF
SUCCESS, POWER AND WEALTH
1970, Earl G. Graves, Sr. founded Black Enterprise -- and Black America was forever changed.
The publication initially served as a guidebook for African Americans to start and grow businesses, elevate themselves within corporate America and follow the path to multigenerational success. In the process, BE placed a bright spotlight on the achievement of African Americans that served as instruction and inspiration to generations of African Americans – whether it was the nation’s largest black-owned business; the advent of the first African American billionaires; of African Americans who rose to the pinnacle of power and influence, including the boardroom and The White House. Throughout the past five decades, Black Enterprise, led by Publisher Graves, also served as the biggest advocate for the financial and economic empowerment of African Americans and the elimination of barriers that deterred us from access to equal opportunity.
As the media company grew, the platforms to reach and millions evolved. That’s why we have created this 50th Anniversary Digital Hub to share with you in words, images and video how Black Enterprise helped shape our world. Please join our journey as well as connect with our enduring mission.