Blacks In Government®

    Dallas Metroplex Chapter







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. 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.

The Dallas Metroplex Chapter of BIG was chartered in August 1991 after a series of discriminatory and racially biased job hiring practices prevented several Black government workers from advancing on the job. Realizing there is strength in numbers, the Chapter's membership continues to increase and currently stands at more than three-dozen members.

Dallas Metroplex Chapter members represent various Federal and local government agencies as well as retired civil service employees.


  • January 1, 1992 to December 31, 1996 - John Runnels

  • January 1, 1996 to December 31, 1999 - Carmelita Pope - Freeman

  • January 1, 2000 to November 9, 2000 - Donald D. Walker

  • November 9, 2000 to December 31, 2003 - John D. Mays

  • January 1, 2004 to October 30, 2009- Terry L. Branch

  • October 30, 2009-Present, Kenneth E.(W) Francis


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