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
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.