From the start, Barbara saw her primary role as a wife supporting her
husband's dreams no matter how far fetched they seemed, even to her. In 1970, with a mortgage and a young family to feed, she stood firmly behind Earl's endeavor to launch Black Enterprise. Here, Barbara and Earl present their youngest son Michael to the world, as older brothers Johnny and Earl, Jr., look on. All three sons would go on to become executives at Black Enterprise in adulthood.