Department of Health Education & Welfare (DHEW)
Black Federal employees at the Parklawn Building in
Rockville, Maryland conceived Blacks In Government.
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. 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.
BIG functions as an employee support group, an advocacy
group and a resource group for Black civil servants.
Its stated goals are:
1. To be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks
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
5. To establish a mechanism for the gathering and dissemination
of information to Blacks In Government.
6. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues
of local, regional, and national significance that affect
Blacks In Government.
BIG Reference Documents
Blacks In Government was organized in 1975 and
incorporated as a non-profit organization under
the District of Columbia jurisdiction in 1976.
About the Region
The Purpose of the regional council is to implement
the goals, policies and objectives of Blacks In
Government as set forth in the National Constitution.
News & Updates
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Recipient of the 2011 Sterling Award
National Training Conference, Boston,
Director Johnny Barideaux, Mrs. Audrey
McCray, Mile High Chapter President Evelyn McGregor
and BIG National President J. David Reeves
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