About Us


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. 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.

BIG functions as an employee support group, an advocacy group and a resource group for Black civil servants. Its stated goals are:

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 the gathering and dissemination of information to Blacks In Government.
6. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional, and national significance that affect Blacks In Government.





BIG Reference Documents

BIG National Website

National Office

Blacks In Government was organized in 1975 and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the District of Columbia jurisdiction in 1976.


BIG Regional Website

About the Region

The Purpose of the regional council is to implement the goals, policies and objectives of Blacks In Government as set forth in the National Constitution.




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