BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government®
In 1984, a group of Pentagon employees headed by Qwendolyn
Jefferson, Sylvia Pate, Sheryl Goffer and several others
considered establishing a BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks
In Government®. The chapter was formally chartered by
the National Organization in 1985. Sheryl Goffer was the
first President and Sylvia Pate was the Vice President.
Midway into her term, Ms. Goffer resigned because of personal
reasons. Sylvia Pate became the interim President and Margaret
Wilson became the interim Vice President finishing out the
The BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government® is one
of fifty-four (54) Chapters in the Washington Metropolitan
area (Region XI). In keeping with the tenets and philosophy
of BIG nationally, our Chapter strives to advocate equality,
excellence, and opportunity in the workplace; to provide
training, information resources and services to enhance
job skills; to assist in career development and upward mobility;
to enhance ethnic pride through socio-cultural programs
and to provide a forum for the workplace.
The following table is a listing of the BIG Pentagon Chapter
Presidents (1985 - Present):
|Dr. Hezekiah Braxton, III
||2008 - Present
|Delores M. Richards
||2004 - 2007
||Immediate Past President
|Farnese J. Hicks
||2003 - 2003
|Mary K. Thomas
||2000 - 2002
||2nd Vice President, Membership Chairperson
|Carol A. Williams
||1998 - 1999
|Otis W. Langford
||1996 - 1997
|Mamie E. Dorris
||1994 - 1995
|Gerald R. Reed
||1992 - 1993
||1st Vice President, Program
and Education Chairperson
|Brenda J. Moore
||1991 - 1991
|Howard B. Ervin
||1989 - 1990
|Margaret J. Wilson
||1987 - 1988
||1st BIG Pentagon Chapter Life Member
||1986 - 1986
|Sheryl S. Goffer
||1985 - 1985
The BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government® functions
as a nonprofit, nonpartisan group. We're an employee support
group, an advocacy group and resource group for Black Civil
Servants at the federal, state and local level. Our chapter
meetings are every third Thursday of the month from 12:00
noon - 1:00 pm at the Pentagon
Library and Conference Center (PLC2) across the Corridor
8 bridge (near North Parking).
Be an advocate of equal
opportunity for Blacks In Government®.
of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks
among Blacks in government.
Develop and promote
programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational
opportunities for Blacks in government.
Establish a mechanism
for the gathering and dissemination of information
of Blacks in government.
Provide a nonpartisan platform on
major issues of local, regional and national significance
that affects Blacks in government.
The BIG Pentagon Chapter is a participating charity in
the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Help us help others
by donating to BIG Pentagon, listed as Blacks In Government®
BIG Pentagon Chapter (CFC #46403). Please click
here for more information about the BIG
Pentagon Chapter charity listing.
here should you need to contact us.