Founder and publisher of Black Enterprise magazine, Earl Graves Sr – noted American of Barbadian descent, uses his own editorial as the basis for energising Caribbean support for US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

According to the South Florida Caribbean News, the print mogul never expected such a thrilling chance for the advancement of the Afro-American community to happen before he died, but this is not the only reason Mr Graves believes in the hopeful. The publisher has chosen to carefully examine the strategies and proposals of a man who wishes to become head of one of the more prominent nations of the world’s stage –

?On issues as far ranging as foreign policy and immigration, I sincerely believe that an Obama presidency is the right choice for a nation ? and a world ? that must think beyond borders, as opposed to creating them,? said Graves, who was invited by St. Kitts and Nevis? Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas to speak on the topic: ?Beyond Borders.?

In attendance were Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Deputy Governor General of Nevis, His Honour Mr. Eustace John and Mrs. John; members of the Federal Cabinet and their wives; Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry and Mrs. Parry, the Cabinet of the Nevis Island Administration and their wives and Leader of the Opposition in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly Hon. Mark Brantley and Mrs. Brantley as well representatives of the diplomatic corps, government officials, itinerant business leaders like Barbadian Leroy Parris of Clico International, plus [a host of Kittitian community leaders] and visiting nationals.

The Bajan-descended Black Enterprise publisher is one of many speakers to grace Basseterre with his presence; he joins the company of politicians, actors and singers who also made an appearance at the annual event over the years…

Guest Speakers at previous galas included prominent United States Congresswoman, the Hon. Maxine Waters; Actress Cicely Tyson; Emmy Award Winner and Broadcaster Del Walters; Founder and President of TransAfrica, Mr. Randall Robinson and African-American icon, musician and actor, His Excellency Ambassador Harry Belafonte.

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