Curtis M. Graves was an American civil rights activist and politician in the state of Texas. He was one of the first African Americans to serve in the Texas House of Representatives since the Reconstruction.
He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1967 to 1973 as a Democrat. Along with Barbara Jordan and Joe Lockridge, he was one of three African-American members elected in 1966, the first ones since 1896. Graves was a major force in the Civil Rights Movement who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A businessman, he was an alumnus of Texas Southern University and Princeton University. He also worked for NASA's academic affairs division and as Director for Civil Affairs. Graves was an artistic photographer.
He was married to Joanne Graves, with whom he had three children. One of his children is Gizelle Bryant, star of The Real Housewives of Potomac and former wife of megachurch pastor Jamal Bryant.
On his maternal side Graves is cousin to Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League and former New Orleans mayor.
Curtis was married to Kay Bryant and resided in Atlanta, Georgia.
On July 28, 2023, Graves' daughter, Gizelle, revealed via Instagram that he passed away on July 26, 2023.