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Black Archives Endowment Fund

Join the Garth C. Reeves, Sr. Wall of Distinction by donating to support the sustainability of The Black Archives today!

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The late Garth C. Reeves, Sr., publisher emeritus of The Miami Times, moved to Miami with his family in 1919, four months after his birth in Nassau, Bahamas. Mr. Reeves graduated from Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School in 1936 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in printing from Florida A & M University in 1940. After serving in World War II, Mr. Reeves returned to Miami and began to work alongside his father Henry E.S. Reeves, who established The Miami Times in 1923. The Miami Times has become the Black community’s voice and is Miami’s oldest and largest black newspaper.

Mr. Reeves broke the color barrier in Miami’s white establishment, becoming the first Black to serve on the governing boards of Miami-Dade Community College, Barry University, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of Miami-Dade. He also served as organizing chairman of the board for National Industrial Bank, the first integrated bank in the State of Florida.

In the 1950s, he was instrumental in integrating local beaches, parks and golf courses. Mr. Reeves served 10 years as president of Amalgamated Publishers of New York City representing 110 black newspapers throughout the country, and served two terms as president of the National Newspaper Published Association. He is a life member of the NAACP, Sigma Pi Phi and Omega Psi Phi fraternities, founding member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, and a Board Member of the Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc. In 2018, Mr. Reeves reinforced his lifelong commitment to the preservation and cultivation of Miami’s rich black history by making a generous pledge to establish the Black Archives Endowment Fund and help ensure the organization’s sustainability.

As a supporter of The Black Archives, we hope you will consider making a contribution to the Black Archives Endowment Fund for our continued sustainability. Donations to the fund begin at $7500, and include listing on the Garth C. Reeves Wall of Distinction located on the first floor of the BAHLT Complex administrative lobby. Other incentives include: BAHLT pin; Subscription to The Lions Story Newsletter; 10%- 30% Off Select Ticket Sales; First notice of new Archival Collections; Listing on Dr. Dorothy Fields Archival Wall; 25% off BAHLT Gift Shop purchases; 48-hr Early Bird Notice to BAHLT events; One 1-hour Private Tour of the Archival Collection; **One 2-hr meeting in Lyric Lobby

**Date availability for lobby meeting incentive contingent upon facility rental schedule. Meeting Capacity up to 75 people. Meeting must occur during regular business hours of Monday - Friday between 9AM and 5PM.

Your endowment donation may be made electronically by clicking the link to the left, or via mail by downloading the endowment form here and mailing it back to us at The Black Archives, 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami FL 33136.



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