THROUGH IT ALL OVERVIEW
“Through it All,” is Barbara Robinson’s eighth published book and may be purchased on Amazon.com or on the author’s website at www.barbararobinson.info. The book is an effort to educate readers about how African American women, and minority women business owners endured obstacles and challenges in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, yet succeeded against the odds. The book is a story about a black woman’s journey from the south and humble beginnings in the 1950s, and how she faced racism, sexism, gender-biases, workforce discrimination, and disparity treatment in a male-dominated 1960s, 1970s and 1980s workforce.
Through it All traces retired State Senator Barbara Robinson’s journey from the outhouse in the deep south ––– Georgia and Alabama, ––– to Maryland’s courthouse ––– the municipal court, the district court, the supreme bench, and the circuit court; to the boardroom of a successful business empire she founded ––– STAR Associates Inc., SelfPride, Inc., BeuMar Inc.; and to the Maryland General Assembly ––– the House of Delegates and the State Senate. The book discusses the author’s struggle to integrate the restrooms in the Maryland court system; her successful quest for women to be allowed to wear pants to work and the right for African American women to wear the natural hairstyle in the workplace.
The book talks about how the author endured being called the “n” word on a regular basis, and the intimidation attempt by someone placing a hangman’s noose on her desk in her office at work. However, being undeterred, Barbara went on to make history by becoming the first woman, the first African American woman, and the first African American person, to become chief of the traffic division, deputy administrator of the district court, the supreme bench and the circuit court. She was a member of the team that developed the Clerk of the Court’s position that was originally called the “Supper Clerk,” and occupied by Saundra Banks.
Through it All talks about how under the auspices of the Community College of Baltimore (CCB), the author developed on-the-job training programs, wrote the curricula designed to increase the chances of more African Americans to be hired in Maryland’s court system, and increased the promotional opportunities for those who were already hired, thereby increasing their salaries.
The book also talks about corruption in a state agency and the unscrupulous manner in which some candidates running for public office, operate their campaign. It highlights some African American women who made a difference in Maryland and sends the message that we too have “hidden figures.”