BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government®

BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government®

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BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government®
About Us

In 1984, a group of Pentagon employees headed by Qwendolyn Jefferson, Sylvia Pate, Sheryl Goffer and several others considered establishing a BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government®. The chapter was formally chartered by the National Organization in 1985. Sheryl Goffer was the first President and Sylvia Pate was the Vice President. Midway into her term, Ms. Goffer resigned because of personal reasons. Sylvia Pate became the interim President and Margaret Wilson became the interim Vice President finishing out the term.

The BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government® is one of fifty-four (54) Chapters in the Washington Metropolitan area (Region XI). In keeping with the tenets and philosophy of BIG nationally, our Chapter strives to advocate equality, excellence, and opportunity in the workplace; to provide training, information resources and services to enhance job skills; to assist in career development and upward mobility; to enhance ethnic pride through socio-cultural programs and to provide a forum for the workplace.

The following table is a listing of the BIG Pentagon Chapter Presidents (1985 - Present):

Name Dates
Mary K. Thomas
2014 - Present
Dr. Hezekiah Braxton, III
2008 - 2013
Delores M. Richards
2004 - 2007
Farnese J. Hicks
2003 - 2003
Mary K. Thomas
2000 - 2002
Carol A. Williams
1998 - 1999
Otis W. Langford
1996 - 1997
Mamie E. Dorris
1994 - 1995
Gerald R. Reed
1992 - 1993
Brenda J. Moore
1991 - 1991
Howard B. Ervin
1989 - 1990
Margaret J. Wilson
1987 - 1988
Sylvia Pate
1986 - 1986
Sheryl S. Goffer
1985 - 1985

The BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government® functions as a nonprofit, nonpartisan group. We're an employee support group, an advocacy group and resource group for Black Civil Servants at the federal, state and local level. Our chapter meetings are every third Thursday of the month from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center (PLC2) across the Corridor 8 bridge (near North Parking). Please click here for the schedule.

BIG's goals are to:

  • Be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks In Government®.
  • Eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government.
  • Promote professionalism among Blacks in government.
  • Develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for Blacks in government.
  • Establish a mechanism for the gathering and dissemination of information of Blacks in government.
  • Provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional and national significance that affects Blacks in government.

The BIG Pentagon Chapter is a participating charity in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Help us help others by donating to BIG Pentagon, listed as Blacks In Government® BIG Pentagon Chapter (CFC #46403). Please click here for more information about the BIG Pentagon Chapter charity listing.

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