National Veterans and Military Families Month - November 2018

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. This year, 

Veterans Affairs facilities in communities all across America take
time to offer a special recognition of the significance of the U.S.
participation in the ‘war to end all wars’. For 99 of the past
100 years, Americans have remembered those who served our
country in uniform on 11 November in the Great War – first as
Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. As first
declared by the President last year, this year November again
marks a month of recognizing our Veterans and their families in
service to our country and communities.

         Please click on this link for examples of events.


 BIG2019 Dallas TX

On behalf of the National Organization of Blacks In Government, I would like to "Thank You" for attending BIG's 40th National Training Institute (NTI) in New Orleans, LA. 

To our numerous corporate sponsors, hosts, donors, supporting partners, and member donors, we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to each of you for supporting our BIG National programs, services, and initiatives to ensure Blacks In Government remains the organization of choice for government employees. We are committed to equity, excellence, and opportunity for ALL.


BIG's 41st National Training Institute will be held on August 5 - 8, 2019 in Dallas, Texas and we all look forward to you attending.


Please click on the below link to see various slide show pictures from the 2018 NTI and a summary of 2018 NTI.


                      2018 NTI Slide Show Pictures and Summary Link


                                     Download 2019 NTI Flyer


And as always, thank you ALL for Thinking BIG!  



          2018 – 2019 Darlene H. Young Leadership Academy

     2018 – 2019 Darlene H. Young Leadership Academy Announcement



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 at up to $39,471, and covers tuition costs, required textbooks, software and fees. Scholarship value depends on degree selected and credits transferred.

BIG members can view complete eligibility requirements and apply for the full scholarship now through November 18, 2018 on 

                     Grantham's official BIG Scholarship page.


              Blacks In Government's Position Paper

Opposition of Proposed Legislation Regarding Federal Retirement Benefits Position Paper

The National Blacks In Government (BIG) organization is concerned about the proposed changes to the federal employees' retirement system because it will adversely impact thousands of civil servants. BIG believes the four recommended changes to federal retirement benefits will diminish the quality of retirement life for many dedicated and loyal federal employees.

                                             Learn More


National Constitution Of Blacks In Government ® (BIG)


We believe that Blacks in government should have the opportunity for full, complete and equitable access to jobs, education, advancement, housing and health services, and that they must have recourse in adverse situations without discrimination because of race.

We further believe that Blacks should unite in order to obtain and secure the rights and privileges of full citizenship participation.  It is necessary to develop a mechanism for inclusion, growth and power for all present and future Black employees in Federal, State and local governments.

Therefore, we, the members of Blacks In Government ® (BIG), in order to act as an advocate for the employment and general welfare of Blacks employed in Federal, State and local governments and to establish a national network of Black Federal, State and local government employees, do hereby establish this constitution for a national organization of Blacks in government.

                                    GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

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

2.   2. To eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government.

3.   3. To promote professionalism among Blacks in government.

4.  4. To develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for Blacks in government.

5. To establish a mechanism for the gathering and dissemination of information to Blacks in government.

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


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.
                            Visit http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/veterans-day/

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.