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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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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE



April is brings in warmer weather and beautiful flowers. It is also Membership Month for the ED Chapter. Join BIG in this month and receive a gift. No, its not that new car you always wanted, but  I’m certain you will like it very much.




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)


 Click here for 10 Good Reasons to Join ED-BIG.



Black History in May

Student Oratorical Competition May 20th , 9 AM - 12 Noon  LBJ Auditorium, U.S.  Dept. Of Education Deadline for submission is April 30 Click here for more information

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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 their 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. There is also the annual National Training Institute (NTI) in August, where $600 allows you to earn continuing credit and education units toward professional development. This year the NTI will be held in Atlantic City, NJ, August 22 -25. (Pictures from 2015 NTI)


These are just a few reasons to join BIG in April. Turn the PAGE with BIG and promote:


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April 14 2016

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May 19, 2016 (changed from the 12th


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June 9, 2016



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2015 NTI in Orlando Pictures.

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April

MAY

May 18, 1896

Plessy vs. Ferguson, Supreme Court upholds the doctrine of "separate but equal" education and public accommodations.

May 17, 1954

U.S. Supreme Court declares segregation in public schools unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education decision.

13th Amendment to the Constitution

The falsely held rumor is the 13th Amendment abolished slavery long before Pessy vs. Ferguson. In fact, passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865, the 13th amendment actually provides that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

The tragic effects of the ruling 120 year after Plessy vs Ferguson and some 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education appears in the graphic below:

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