Blacks In Government® (BIG)
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
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.