BIG 40th Founders' Celebration Coin



          1975 Founders of Blacks In Government 

Blacks In Government is celebrating 43 years of ideas, vision, and drive.  From our earliest beginnings, BIG has been a leading proponent of advocacy and education.

We celebrate our founders: 
 

  1. Elaine Bailey
  2. Lonis C. Ballard *
  3. John Coffee
  4. Garfield Crawford
  5. Pat Dougherty *
  6. Honorable Rubye S. Fields *
  7. Shirlene Gray
  8. Honorable Ramona McCarthy Hawkins *
  9. Fleetwood Roberts
  10. Samuel S. Taylor
  11. Rhonda Thomas
  12. Siegal E. Young

    *Deceased


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.


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