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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/12/1919
Birth Location:
Nassau,

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/12/1919
Birth Location:
Nassau
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Biography

Newspaper publishing chief executive Garth C. Reeves, Sr. was born on February 12, 1919 in Nassau, Bahamas. His family moved to Miami, Florida four months after he was born. His father, Harry Ethelbert Sigismund Reeves, was a partner in The Magic Printing Company and founder of the Miami Times; his mother, a homemaker. His daughter, Rachel J. Reeves, became publisher and chief executive officer of the Miami Times in 1994 following the untimely death of her brother, Garth C. Reeves, Jr. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami in 1936, Reeves enrolled in Florida A & M University where he earned his B.A. degree in printing in 1940.

Reeves served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1946 in both the European and Pacific theaters. He then returned to Miami to work under his father Harry Ethelbert Sigismund Reeves, who founded the Miami Times newspaper in 1923. In 1970, Reeves was named publisher and chief executive officer of the when his father passed. Reeves went on to become the first African American to serve on the governing boards of the Miami-Dade Community College, Barry University, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of Dade County. He also served as organizing chairman of the board for National Industrial Bank, which was the first integrated bank in the State of Florida. During the 1950s, Reeves worked to integrate the local beaches, parks, and golf courses. Reeves served for ten years as president of the Amalgamated Publishers of New York City, which represents over one hundred African American-owned newspapers throughout the United States. He was also elected to serve two terms as president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

Reeves is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and a founding member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Miami, Florida. He was awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the University of Miami, Barry University and Florida Memorial University.

Garth C. Reeves, Sr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 5, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Garth Reeves' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Garth Reeves lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Garth Reeves describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Garth Reeves describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Garth Reeves talks about his father's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Garth Reeves remembers working on his father's paper during childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Garth Reeves describes the history of Overtown, Miami, Florida, where he grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Garth Reeves talks about racial tensions in his childhood community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Garth Reeves discusses tourism in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Garth Reeves discusses D. A. Dorsey and the history of African Americans in Miami, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Garth Reeves discusses D. A. Dorsey and the history of African Americans in Miami, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Garth Reeves describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Garth Reeves describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Garth Reeves talks about what he liked to read as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Garth Reeves talks about his childhood in Overtown, Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Garth Reeves remembers the discrimination faced by his father in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Garth Reeves talks about the entertainers who came to Miami during the winter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Garth Reeves describes the segregation in Miami theaters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Garth Reeves talks about working for his father's newspaper as a boy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Garth Reeves talks about 'The Miami Times' coverage of lynchings and Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Garth Reeves talks about his entrepreneurial activities in high school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Garth Reeves talks about his entrepreneurial activities in high school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Garth Reeves talks about how his father motivated him to make good grades in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Garth Reeves remembers the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Garth Reeves recalls meeting Joe Louis while reporting for 'The Miami Times'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Garth Reeves remembers when Jackie Robinson first took the field in baseball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Garth Reeves talks about his mentor, J.L. Langhorn at Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Garth Reeves recounts his entry into military service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Garth Reeves talks about his experience in boot camp
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Garth Reeves describes his time in the military
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Garth Reeves remembers being homesick during his military service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Garth Reeves talks about what he liked and disliked about the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Garth Reeves talks about his mother's advice for him after serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Garth Reeves describes working with his father at the Miami Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Garth Reeves talks about how the Miami Times hit its stride during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Garth Reeves talks about joining the Civil Rights movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Garth Reeves talks about his role in desegregating Miami's beaches, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Garth Reeves talks about his role in desegregating Miami's beaches, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Garth Reeves discusses Thurgood Marshall's influence on non-violent direct action in Miami, Florida