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                                    Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign
to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of
breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the
disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have
made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

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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.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

1. To be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks in government.

2. To eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government.

3. To promote professionalism among Blacks in government.

4. To develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for Blacks in government.

5. To establish a mechanism for gathering and disseminating information for Blacks in government.

6. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional and national significance that affect Blacks in government.

BIG PURPOSE: An advocate of equal opportunity and professional development for Black government employees at the Local, State and Federal government levels and others dedicated to justice for all.

BIG VISION: Member focused, world class enterprise, recognized for excellence.

BIG MISSION: Enable all present and future Black employees in Local, State, and Federal governments to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy.

BIG GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

  1.  Be Accountable
  2.  Commit to Excellence
  3.  Act with Integrity
  4.  Take Responsibility
  5.  Work As A Team
  6.  Remain Loyal and Dedicated

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Blacks In Government (BIG) National Organization Is Partnering With Grantham University To Offer One Of Its Members A Full Scholarship
To The University


Application deadline: November 3, 2014

Blacks In Government (BIG) is partnering with Grantham University to award one BIG member a full scholarship toward either an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University. The scholarship is valued up to $38,600 and covers tuition costs, required textbooks, software and fees. Scholarship value depends on the degree selected and credits transferred.

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