District 40 (Baltimore City).
Miller Senate Office Building, Room 401
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3656, (301) 858-3656
fax: (410) 841-3738, (301) 858-3738
FROM THE PROJECTS TO POLITICS,
FROM FLAGHOUSE TO THE STATE HOUSE
It’s about people and progress not politics and power.
This un-bossed, un-bought, unintimidated, and unafraid Member of the House of Delegates representing the 40th District in Baltimore City, was born in Alabama at a time when America, especially the South, was not kind to people of color. Barbara was homeless at age 16 but she was determined to get a high school education. She graduated from Spencer Senior High School in Columbus, Georgia and received financial aid to attend college at a time when it was rare for Black people, especially females, to receive such assistance. Barbara came to Baltimore to attend Morgan State College, which is now Morgan State University. During her first year at Morgan Barbara met the man who was to become her husband. She got pregnant, dropped out of Morgan, got married, and gave birth to five babies, four in one year.
However, when her husband almost lost his life in street violence, circumstances forced Barbara and her children to seek public assistance. After spending a year on welfare, Barbara worked in local factories for several years before securing a job filing parking tickets in the Traffic Division at the Municipal Court for Baltimore City which later became the District Court.
Barbara, her late husband of 46 years and their four children lived in Flag House Courts, an inner city projects development in downtown Baltimore for over 12 years. In 1969, they moved from the projects to the suburbs. Always aware of the racial discrimination that existed, for 18 years Barbara worked her way through different positions in the court system, becoming the first woman and the first African American in the history of the Maryland Court system, to hold positions of Chief Administrator of the Traffic Division, Deputy Administrator of the District Court and the Supreme Bench, which later became the Circuit Court.
It took Barbara 18 years to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Baltimore, the first of many degrees to come. During Barbara’s escalating professional career, she continued to pursue her education, earning a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Coppin State College, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education (C. A. S. E) from the Johns Hopkins University, and post graduate credits in education from the Johns Hopkins University.
In 1985, she resigned from the judicial system and from humble beginnings from the laundry room in the basement of her home financed with an unemployment check, she founded Strategies, Tactics, and Results Associates, Incorporated, known within the business community as STAR. STAR is now nationally and internationally recognized as a rapidly growing company in the human resources development, training and transportation industry.
Five years later in 1990, Barbara founded SelfPride, Incorporated, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides community-based residential facilities and 24-hour care to people with developmental disabilities, in-home health care to senior citizens and employment opportunities for people who were welfare recipients. In 2002 she founded BeuMar Publishing company to market her growing writing business and products associated with her writing. Barbara’s combined companies employ more than 150 people.
For 12 years Barbara hosted and produced “The Business Reach-Out Forum,” a two-way talk show on WEAA-FM, Morgan State University’s radio. In 1993, Barbara published her first book, And Still, I Cry, an autobiography depicting her turbulent past filled with physical abuse, sexual molestation, domestic abuse, mental anguish, and ultimately success. In 1998 her second book Yes You Can, which focuses on entrepreneurship was published. Her third book, Eyes of the Beholder, a novel, was released in 2002. Also in 2002 Barbara recorded And Still I Cry on CD. Her fourth book Someday Is Now was released in 2004. It sends the message to stop procrastinating and follow your dream. Her fifth book, Mind Bungee Jumping: Words of Life, Love, Inspiration, Encouragement and Motivation, will be released in 2006. This book contains 55 original poems and a collection of 2,000 motivational quotes. Barbara is presently working on her sixth and seventh books.
Having personally experienced the problems and negative impact of welfare-dependency, and child abuse, Barbara devoted her time and energy to developing job training and placement programs to enhance the quality of life of participants and to give hope to those struggling for a better life. These programs are also designed to move individuals into career paths that will provide a secure future for themselves and their families. Barbara’s 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. For seven years Barbara was 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. She has extended herself into many facets of the community and has founded or been a member of numerous organizations.