The Greater New Orleans Chapter







      Blacks In Government was conceived by Department of Health Education & Welfare (DHEW) Black Federal employees at 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 DHEW Black employees in Rockville. BIG was organized in Rockville Maryland in 1975, and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the District of Columbia's jurisdiction in 1976. No single Civil Rights organization has at its sole objective the development and enhancement of Federal, State, County and Municipal African American civil servants.When coupled with the fact that no single civil rights organization has as its sole objective the preservation and enhancement of Black civil servants, it became apparent that Black civil servants had to unite and protect themselves. To some, this meant jeopardizing their careers. To others, it meant duplicating some of the efforts of other organizations. Still to others, it meant very little.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.

      The Greater New Orleans Chapter was formed and chartered in 1991, under the leadership of Mr. Joseph Adams consisting of members from DOD employees (from the Navy on Dauphine and at Chasse. Charter members of the chapter included : Mrs. Marthell Adams, Ms. Chalena Taylor, Ms. Robin Price, Mr. Melvin Bolds, Mr. Eddie Watson, Hiram Cooks, Robin Brown, Roger Brown, Rogers Moore, Beatrice Beauchamps, Karen White and Roynell Williams.