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
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.