Blacks In Government
was conceived by Department of Health Education & Welfare
(DHEW) Black Federal employees at 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 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 Greater New Orleans Chapter was formed
and chartered in 1991, under the leadership of Mr. Joseph Adams
consisting of members from DOD employees (from the Navy on Dauphine
and at Chasse. Charter members of the chapter included : Mrs.
Marthell Adams, Ms. Chalena Taylor, Ms. Robin Price, Mr. Melvin
Bolds, Mr. Eddie Watson, Hiram Cooks, Robin Brown, Roger Brown,
Rogers Moore, Beatrice Beauchamps, Karen White and Roynell Williams.