History of New Detroit Chapter
Founded in 2001 by ten employees of the Detroit Computing Center. There was a need to helping African American federal employees deal with employment issues such as disability retirement, sexual harassment and discrimination, terminations, suspensions, and demotions, and federal employee union grievances. On January 20, 2010, the New Detroit Chapter swore in their fourth chapter Presidnet, Ms. Pamela Bailey. The New Detroit Chapter has the honour of hosting the 2011Region V Training Conference and Region Council Meeting. The Greektown Casino and Hotel will be the location of both the Training Conference and the Coucil Meeting.
History of Blacks in Government
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.