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Blacks In Government History

Blacks In Government® (BIG) was established in 1975 and incorporated in 1976 by a small group of African Americans at the Public Health Services which is a part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the Parklawn building in Rockville, Maryland. The organization was viewed as essential to the Black civil service employee, based on a wide assortment of racially motivated problems faced by the HEW Black employees in Rockville.  Initially, it was thought that the umbrella organization would address only the problems at the Federal level. However, it was soon determined that State, County, and Municipal Black employees were faced with the same general type of employment problems.

Nonetheless, Blacks In Government® was organized in 1975 and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the District of Columbia jurisdiction in 1976. BIG has been a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues. BIG’s goals are to promote EQUITY in all aspects of American life, EXCELLENCE in public service, and OPPORTUNITY for all Americans.

Interested in starting a chapter?

Our primary mission is to assist government workers in Equity, Excellence and Opportunity within the workplace as well as their communities. Interest Groups should set up a planning session with a Regional Representative to get an organizational overview. The overview consists of organizational structure, goals and objectives, current programmatic initiatives, national training conference briefing and questions and answer session. It is important to coordinate all start-up activities with the appropriate assistance of the Regional body and Board of Director (BOD) Representatives.