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            Honorable
     Dr. Doris P. Sartor

Honorable Dr. Doris Sartor

                                                                                                     

Blacks In Government National President’s Visit to Southern Illinois Chapter

The most critical part of Blacks In Government is its members. It is our goal to clearly identify, implement and communicate initiatives that will show the current and potential members the benefits of being an active member of BIG. This is exactly what the members of the Southern Illinois Chapter did during its two-day event on October 6-7.  The Southern Illinois Chapter coordinated office calls with Scott Air Force Base senior leadership and hosted a Dinner for the BIG National President.

On Friday, October 6th, the National President, along with the Southern Illinois Chapter President, Ms. Theresa Peters and Vice President, Ms. Ann Johnson visited the following senior leaders of Scott Air Force Base: DISA/CC, Col Lisa Whittaker; DITCO/CC, Mr. James McCreary; 375th Wing/CC, Col John Howard; USTC/TCDC, Lt Gen John Broadmeadow; AMC/CC, Gen Carlton Everhart II; and SDDC/COS, Col Lillard Evans. During the office calls, the purpose and mission of BIG, the value BIG provides to government agencies, and the initiatives of the local BIG chapter were shared. Ms. Peters and Ms. Johnson comments on the chapter’s focus and outreach efforts were well presented. The requests for support of the local chapter programs and funding of regional and national training were well received by the leaders and follow-on meetings were scheduled with the local chapter to discuss strategies for support.

The chapter also held a dinner honoring the National President at the Bella Milano Restaurant in O’Fallon, IL. Ms. Cheryl Gray did an exceptional job as Event Chair and the dinner was sold out with a great deal of support from community leaders. A presentation on Blacks In Government included comments from the Chapter President and Vice President on the value of the office calls with Scott AFB leadership. Of special note was the Poem recited by Ms. Jo Ann Speer Martin. This event was a total success and a tribute to the chapter’s movement toward BIG’s vision of being a “member-focused, world-class enterprise, recognized for excellence.”                             DSC_0867

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Blacks In Government National President’s Overview of the Congressional Black Caucus’ 47th Annual Legislative Conference

The Congressional Black Caucus’ (CBC) 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) was an exceptional event, and its theme, “And Still I Rise,” reflected the collective strength needed to address the key challenges and opportunities facing government now and in the future. The Annual Legislative Conference, held September 20-24, 2017, explored numerous critical policy issues such as: education, economic development, public health, civil rights, and voting rights.  Although I attended numerous outstanding events, this article will briefly highlight a few sessions I believe are imperative to share.

My first session was the National Town Hall meeting entitled “Fighting the Systematic Destruction of our Civil Rights.” This panel discussion centered on the need to discuss civil rights through a new paradigm. Several CBC members spoke including Representative John Lewis (Democratic, Georgia), Representative Maxine Waters (Democratic, California), and other leaders/officials representing civil rights-related organizations. A broad range of issues were discussed including voting rights, civic engagement, and criminal justice reform.

Representative Lewis stressed the importance of the continued need for voter participation. He stated, “We must organize. Some of us have been asleep too long… we need to wake up. We need to use everything in our power--economic resources, use the vote. On election day, too many of us are staying at home. People died for the right to vote. The vote is precious. It’s almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent instrument… we have in a democratic society and we should use it.”

Another session of interest was the Health and Wellness Luncheon on “African American Participation in Clinical Trials:  Challenging the Gold Standard.” This session focused on the need for minorities to participate in study demographics because it is “good science.” Most medicine is tested on white males, but this type of scientific testing does not occur in our population. In order to better address our health issues, we need better genetic profiles due to the “trial and error” methods African Americans experience when going to the doctor. We have to test on our population to gain insight regarding many of the diseases in our community.

I attended the Prayer Breakfast with Region VII Director, Ms. Delores Ivy. We were honored to be the guests of Representative William Lacy Clay, Jr. (Democratic, Missouri). The keynote speaker was Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. of West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Also, the breakfast featured gospel artist Pastor Shirley Caesar. This spiritual message left me with the following thoughts: Equality is a reality for all people if we remain vigilant; there will be no justice and no peace until all Americans come together; lastly, the New Jim Crow takes the form of prisons, voter suppression, racism, and bigotry. We need to collaborate and lift up our people. Our focus should be caring for as many people as possible. The President and CEO of Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., Ms. A. Shuanise Washington, stated, “The Prayer Breakfast is a time to unite and refocus our priorities on what is truly important, namely investments in our people. By doing so, we will ultimately prevail over those seeking to divide us.”

Finally, the “Sojourner Truth Women’s Leadership Reception: Hidden Figures Around the Globe,” brought together the women of the Congressional Black Caucus and women of various sectors to network and celebrate black women in leadership after hours. We had several BIG leaders participating in this event which included the National Board of Directors Chair, Honorable Darlene H. Young.  Other BIG members from numerous chapters were also in attendance for the reception and countless other conference events.
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CBC-1The overall ALC experience was both inspirational and educational. This was an exceptional opportunity to participate in solution-centered sessions on issues that impact African Americans and black communities worldwide.     

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National Blacks In Government President Opening Session Luncheon Speaker for Mississippi Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (MBC-LEO) and the National Policy Alliance Conference

National President, Honorable Dr. Doris Sartor, was the Luncheon Keynote Speaker at MBC-LEO and National Policy Alliance Conference on July 22, 2017 in Biloxi, Ms.  In attendance were other BIG officers including the National Secretary, Ms. Sandra Glenn; National Corporate Sponsorship Chair, Ms. Mazella Thomas; Region IV Council President, Mr. Ira Thompson; Magnolia Chapter President, Mr. Al Taylor; Port City Chapter President, Mr. Herman Thomas; and Metro Chapter President, Mr. Robert Harris. Other BIG members in attendance were Mr. Lonnie Ball, Ms. Tonya Cowart, Ms. Sandra Foxworth, Dr. Fonda Thompson, Ms. Janet Taylor, Ms. Allison Taylor, and Ms. Katie Course. Blacks In Government was well represented. 

Councilwoman Deborah Delgado and National Policy Alliance Executive Director, Mrs. Linda Haithcox Taylor orchestrated a successful conference.

 Dr. Sartor’s theme was "Leadership, Government, and BIG (Blacks In Government).” Highlights from her speech are provided below:

Thank you for inviting me here today to talk about leadership, government, and BIG.  For me, the linking of these elements has become essential to our ability as Black Americans to thrive in a world of increasing global complexity and accelerated change. Because Leadership is the act of creating outcomes that matter most and is the ability to move people toward change. So, how do we do this in our current environment of injustice, uncertainty, and denial?

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National Blacks In Government President is Graduation Speaker for Troy University Master of Public Administration (MPA) eCelebration
 

Every year Troy State University Master of Public Administration faculty hosts an eCelebration of Graduates in order to congratulate MPA students who have completed the requirements necessary to receive a diploma.  Family and friends are also invited to attend the event to celebrate and wish graduates well on the next stage of their professional and academic journeys. The TROY MPA 2017 eCelebration of Graduates was held live via WebEx on the afternoon of June 25th.  It included welcome remarks from MPA Program Director, Dr. Terry Anderson and featured guest speaker and National President of Blacks in Government, Inc., Dr. Doris Sartor. 

                                             Click this link to the article about the ecelebration and the video

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 National Blacks In Government Support Legislation to Restore Pension Annuity Exclusion


National President, Honorable Dr. Doris Sartor and National Treasurer, Ms. Norma Samuel attended the Council of the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole Public Hearing on 12 May.  Written testimony was provided reference BIG's support of "Restoring $3000 Pension Annuity Exclusion" based on resolution passed during National Delegates Assembly. Resolution titled, "BIG Endorses Restoration of D. C. Pension Tax Benefit for $40,000 Retired Federal Workers, D.C. Government Employees, Teachers, Police, Firefighters and Veterans." Mr. Sylvester Bush, Coalition to Restore DC Pension Benefit, provided testimony to the Council.
 
Click the following links to view BIG's written testimony and Mr. Bush's testimony.

Mr. Matthew Fogg, National 2nd Vice President and National Legislative Chair, Ms. Ruth Benson coordinated BIG's written statement.

                             
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           Black In Government National President The Honorable Dr. Doris P. Sartor

                                 The First 120 Days in Office:  Focused. Engaged. Responsive.

As I’ve traveled to agencies and chapters throughout the country over these past four months, speaking at various events and interacting with agency and government leaders, I have been so elated and encouraged
by their recognition and respect for Blacks In Government as the single civil rights organization whose sole objective is the preservation and enhancement of Black civil servants. I am also so very honored to 
represent such a prestigious membership and serve side by side with the dedicated members of the National Executive Committee, National Board of Directors, as well as such committed, organized and focused Regional Council and Chapter Presidents; and our BIG members. 

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Celebration of Women's History Month


 Honorable Dr. Sartor's  First Mississippi Chapter of Blacks In Government Speech


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Federal Spotlight: Doris Sartor

Dr. Doris Sartor serves as Course Director for the Air Force Civilian Associate Degree Program at Maxwell Air Force Base, and is national president of Blacks In Government (BIG). Here’s our Federal Spotlight interview:

MC: How long have you been in Federal Service and what is your main responsibility in your role today?

DS:35 years. My main responsibility is serving as Course Director, Air Force Civilian Associate Degree Program at the Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. The Eaker Center is standing up the Associate of Applied Science in Leadership and Management Studies for Air Force civilians. This degree program is designed to create a body of core competencies, key skills, and abilities infused with Air Force Core Values to prepare USAF civilians to be effective as they assume increased responsibilities as Air Force Leaders.

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                                                Honorable Dr. Doris P. Sartor and Honorable Darlene H. Young

Thank you for those warm sentiments and Good Evening to my BIG family, ...my Real family, ...all of our Corporate Sponsors and Partners, the Honorable individuals on the Dais, and of course, all of our Distinguished guests.  First and foremost, I want to thank God for allowing our paths to cross today.  It is His hedge of protection, that has brought us together for such a momentous occasion. And we GIVE honor, to whom honor is due.  And, I thank each of you for joining us.I really believe that everything we do and everyone we meet are put in our path for a purpose.....for a reason...so again, thank you for your presence here tonight.  It is an honor to stand before you as the 14th National President of Blacks In Government.   For this is the day; that we have been given to transcend the ordinary.

                                       Click to read more of the Honorable Dr. Sartor's Speech

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                                    Federal News Radio Interview with the Honorable Dr. Doris Sartor

Established in 1975, the Blacks in Government organization has helped African Americans in federal service reach their professional potential and to collaborate on workplace issues such as discrimination. BIG recently elected Dr. Doris Sartor as it's 14th president. She works at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in the Civilian Associate Degree program. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko spoke to Sartor on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about  the priorities she plans to focus on as BIG's president.

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                                              Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s BirthdayCelebration

On Thursday, January 12, 2017, USDA will recognize and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday with the USDA Observance and the Drum Major for Service Award Ceremony.  On this day and throughout the year, all employees are encouraged to perform volunteer service in their communities.  For all Americans, to give of their time in service is an important way to celebrate Dr. King's Legacy.
                                           
                                                       Featuring Keynote Speaker:
                                                             Dr. Doris P. Sartor
                                                             National President
                                                     Blacks In Government (BIG)
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