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The Education Chapter of BIG is located in Region XI (RXI), which includes the metropolitan area of DC, MD, and VA.

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It’s September already. Where has the summer gone? We still have so many goals to accomplish. Goals such as continuing to offer and advocate for professional training and development for BIG members. The NTI was a success this year. Sometime in November

Professional Development and Opportunity

Advocacy and Awareness

Giving Back

Equal Opportunity in the Workplace

To truly understand BIG as a national organization, and what my vision is as Chapter President, we need to start with a little history.

Remember the past…

…or be doomed to repeat it.

Blacks In Government® (BIG) was established in 1975 and incorporated in 1976 by a small group of African Americans at the Public Health Services of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the Parklawn building in Rockville, Maryland. After initially thinking the national organization would address only the problems at the Federal level, it soon became apparent that State, County, and Municipal Black employees were faced the similar wide assortment of racially motivated problems in the workplace. BIG, as a national organization was incorporated in 1976 and continues to responds to the needs of African Americans in the public service. (Click here to continue)

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we will be putting on a presentation. So if you attended the training, send me you thoughts, pictures from the event, and class you took Next year’s goal is to at least double the attendee number of agency attendees from this year. Join BIG and become an advocate for positive change in workplace. You can also can join the NOW Generation, which focuses on programming for young professionals under the age of 40 looking to enhance their success and become leaders in the workplace. Attend the next happy hour networking event or professional development workshop. There is also the Darlene Young Youth Leadership Academy (DLYA). This pathway for leadership success program is available for GS 5 - 15 and is supported by by the Agency as well as accredited by Morgan State, University. As noted earlier, there is also the annual National Training Institute (NTI) that was held in August. Many employees drove up. Many, sadly, had to pay for their training. Next year, we will submit our training requests earlier and hopefully the department will agree to them. So Turn the PAGE with BIG and promote:

BIG Meeting Date




April 14 2016


May 19, 2016 (changed from the 12th


June 9, 2016

1102 A & B

July 14, 2016


August 11, 2015


Presentation by Sharon Harris, local Union

This Thurs.

Sept. 16, 2016

Presentation by

Michael Chew,



October 13, 2016


November 10, 2016


December 8 2016


2015 NTI in Orlando Pictures.

if you dare to dream

and you put for the effort

it just might come true your desired vision

and then go live it


Black History Facts in October

October 1, 1940 - Charles Drew named supervisor of the "Plasma for Great Britain" project.

October 2, 1986 - President Ronald Reagan appoints Edward J. Perkins ambassador to South Africa.

October 3, 1956 - Nat King Cole becomes first Black performer to host his own TV show.

October 4, 1864 - First Black daily newspaper, The New Orleans Tribune, founded.

October 5, 1872 - Booker T. Washington enters Hampton Institute, Virginia.

October 6, 1917 - Political activist Fannie Lou Hamer born.

October 7, 1934 - Playwright-poet Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), author of Blues People: Negro Music in White America and The Motion of History, born.

October 8, 1941 - Rev. Jesse Jackson born in Greenville, South Carolina.

October 9, 1888 - O. B. Clare patents Trestle.

October 10, 1899 - Isaac R. Johnson patents bicycle frame.

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Send your 2016 NTI Pictures from Atlantic City to Jesse.sharpe@ed.gov

Congratulations to

The Department of Education’s own,


At the Delegate’s Assembly, Mr. Sharpe was elected

1st National Vice President of (BIG).

He will be assuming his duties this coming January. Let’s show our support for him in a BIG way.