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Barbara A. Robinson was born in Alexander City, Alabama. After completing high school in Columbus, Georgia, Barbara received financial aid to attend college at a time when it was rare for African Americans, especially females, to receive such assistance. After just one year at the then, Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland, Barbara’s funding was depleted, and she was forced to search for employment. Barbara worked in local factories for several years, before finally securing a job filing parking tickets in the Traffic Division at the Municipal Court for Baltimore City.

In 1969, Barbara and her family moved from Flag House Courts Projects in Baltimore City to a house on Laurel Drive, in Baltimore County. That move allowed her children the opportunity to attend a better school.

Always aware of the racial discrimination that existed, for eighteen years, Barbara worked her way through different management and supervisory positions in the Maryland court system, becoming the first woman, and the first African American, to hold the positions of Chief Administrator of the Traffic Division of Baltimore City, Deputy Administrator of the District Court of Baltimore City, Deputy Administrator of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, which later became the Circuit Court. Barbara continued to pursue her education, and in 1975, eighteen years after she started college, she finally completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management at the University of Baltimore, the first of many degrees to come.

During Barbara’s escalating professional career, she was continuing to pursue her education. Earning a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education from the Johns Hopkins University, and post graduate credits from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1985, she resigned her position with the court and founded, Strategies, Tactics, And Results Associates, Incorporated, known within the business community as STAR. From humble beginnings in the basement of her home, financed with an unemployment check, STAR is now nationally and internationally recognized as a rapidly growing company in the healthcare industry.

In 1987 the Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee awarded Barbara the Key to the City. In 1990 Barbara founded SelfPride, Incorporated, a non-profit company dedicated to providing community-based residential care to people with developmental disabilities. Barbara also started hosting a weekly radio talk show on WEAA-FM radio aired in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Delaware, parts of Pennsylvania and thousands more states via the Internet. The show, called "The Business Reachout Forum, was developed and produced by Barbara and continues today.

In 1993, Barbara published her first book, And Still, I Cry. In 1998, her second book, Yes You Can, which focuses on entrepreneurship, was published. Her third book, Eyes of the Beholder, a novel, released in 2002.

Having personally experienced the problems and negative impact of welfare-dependency, Barbara devoted her time and energy to developing job training, and placement programs, to reduce welfare dependency. These programs are also designed to move individuals into career paths that will provide a secure future for themselves and their families. Her focus is to create job opportunities that provide medical benefits to employees, further supporting an individual’s ability to remain off of welfare rolls.

Barbara is acknowledged as a "trailblazer," in her gallant efforts to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. At one point, Barbara spent seven years as a teacher in the Maryland prison system working with male inmates whose past included either the use and or distribution of drugs and or alcohol.

Barbara has extended herself into many facets of the community and has founded or been a member of numerous organizations.

In 1992, Barbara was voted Business Woman of the Year by the Ujima Society in Maryland. In 1992 she was also voted Woman of the Year by 100 Black Women, Inc.

In 1995 Barbara was one of five women nationally, who was a recipient of the Woman of Enterprise Award. This was an annual event sponsored by Avon and the U.S. Small Business Administration, that was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, and was called the Academy Awards of Entrepreneurship.

In January, 1996 Barbara was awarded the Key to the City of her home town, Alexander City, Alabama. In 1996 she was awarded the Key to the City of Watertown, South Dakota, by the Mayor of that city. She was also awarded the Key to the City of Memphis, Tennessee by the mayor of that city. In February 1996, her company, STAR Associates, was awarded a citation by Mayor Kurt Schmoke, the Mayor of Baltimore, as the "Company of the Month."

In 1996 Barbara was inducted into the Maryland Women Hall of Fame. In 1998 she was honored at the White House by President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore for her work in welfare reform. In 1999 she was voted "Welfare to Work Entrepreneur of the Year," by SBA.

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara A. Robinson
P.O. Box 7667, Baltimore, Maryland 21207