Blacks In Government ® 38th National Training Institute 

                                           August 22- 25, 2016

                            2016 National Training Institute Theme:

               "Commit to Excellence:  Think, Believe, and Achieve BIG!"   



         Harrah's Resort Atlantic City

     Waterfront Conference Center
   777 Harrah's Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

                                                 Phone: 1-888-516-2215

Online Hotel Reservation Link


Alternate Host Hotel

Showboat Hotel Atlantic City
801 Boardwalk Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401 

Hotel website:
Conference room rate $97.00 per night.  

NTI Registration

Central Reservations:  855.212.0201 

Group code is BLA 


Ceasar’s Limousine Service will provide transportation for Blacks In Government's 2016 National Training Institute
Ceasar’s Limousine Service Information

                                On-Site Registration  

                         On-Site Registration Will Commence On
             Sunday, August 21, 2016 In 
The Avalon Registration Room  

                                  Click To Download On-Site Registration Form

                        National Training Institute Registration Information Booklet


   2016 Exhibit Contract
Mr. Jerry E. Jackson, Exhibits Manager
       3005 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001-3807  
                  National Office 202-667-3280                 


                            2016 National Training Institute Workshops

                                     (Current as of June 16, 2016)


To help prepare for your PMP certification exam, Blacks In Government is offering a 35-hr PMP PREP training course.  In the course, attendees will gain the essential knowledge needed to understand best practices, tools, and techniques as identified by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. The course is provided by a Registered Education Provider (REP)®, also approved by PMI, Inc.  See attached course registration form and flyer for course objectives, instructor qualifications, and relevant requirements. Applications will be accepted on a first come – first served basis. Only the first 30 pre-registered students will be allowed to attend the class. 

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Vera McKethan (NTI Workshop Chair) at 334-312-1275 (cell), 334-398-8354 (home), or email her at 

                                           Download Flyer 

                                         NTI Registration


This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the National Organization of Blacks In Government, and we thank the members for diligently carrying out the mission, goals and objectives of this great organization. To share in the celebration, please capture this moment with a BIG 40th Anniversary Coin.

big 40th founders celebration coin 

This legacy coin can be purchased during the 2016 National Training Institute for $20.00; limited supply onsite. If you would like to pre-order, please respond to Ms. Paula E. Davis at or Ms. Sandra F. Glenn at by Monday, August 22, 2016, with the following information:

NAME, CONTACT EMAIL AND NUMBER, AND DESIRED NUMBER OF COINS. Method of payment is cash and/or credit or debit card (location will be coordinated onsite).

Questions, please contact Ms. Davis and/or Ms. Glenn via email. Please help BIG coin this memory for many more years to come. THANKS for always THINKING BIG!!!

Ms. Sandra F. Glenn
National Secretary
Blacks In Government, Inc.                                                                        


      Blacks In Government (BIG) Has Extended Its Donation Program 

BIG Members are invited to become BIG Member Sponsors. During the 2015 National Training Institute (NTI) we received our first member donation from Immediate Past National President, Honorable J. David Reeves. As our first BIG Member Bronze Sponsor, Honorable Reeves challenged all members to join him in supporting the programs, services, and initiatives of our great organization.

Donations can be made by completing our BIG 2016 Member
                                  Donation Agreement form

 All donors will be recognized during the National President Reception that takes place during our Annual National Training Institute that will be held August 22-25, 2016 in Atlantic City, NJ.  

If you have questions concerning our new Member Donation initiative, please contact the National Corporate Sponsorship Chair, Honorable      
Dr. Doris Sartor at 202-439-2483. 


National Organization of Blacks in Government (BIG) partners with Grantham University to offer one of its members a full scholarship to the university

                   Application Opens: May 6, 2016 EST

      Application Deadline: November 4, 2016 @ 11:59 PM EST

 The National Organization of Blacks in Government (BIG) is partnering with Grantham University to award one BIG member a full scholarship toward either an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University. The scholarship is valued up to $39,741 and covers tuition costs, required textbooks, software and fees. Scholarship value depends on degree selected and credits transferred.

Details of the Scholarship Application Process is provided at:


Blacks In Government® (BIG) was 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 problems.

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.

                             GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

1. To be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks in government.

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 in government.

5.To establish a mechanism for gathering and disseminating information for Blacks in government.

6. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional and national significance that affect Blacks in government.

                                              BIG PURPOSE

An advocate of equal opportunity and professional development for Black government employees at the Local, State and Federal government levels and others dedicated to justice for all.

                                                BIG VISION

Member focused, world class enterprise, recognized for excellence.

                                                BIG MISSION

Enable all present and future Black employees in Local, State, and Federal governments to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy.

                                   BIG GUIDING PRINCIPLES

1. Be Accountable

2. Commit to Excellence

3. Act with Integrity

4. Take Responsibility

5. Work As A Team

6. Remain Loyal and Dedicated



On this Veterans Day, Blacks In Government salutes our Veterans and extend our gratitude for their service. They are our members, relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers. These individuals committed to a cause larger than their own and accepted the challenge to defend our Nation.
Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they've done. Everyone can do something to let Veterans know how much we appreciate their service.

It takes great courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his/her country and as civilians we must honor these heroes. This is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration.
Honor these great men and women with words of appreciation.
Click the link below to hear the Bebe Winans song:
                                      The History of Veterans Day
November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson honored the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."

In 1954, Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, struck out the word "Armistice" and inserted the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was moved around on the calendar, sometimes even appearing on the last Monday of October. Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.