Happy New Year. As the newly elected Dept. Of Education BIG Chapter President, my first order of business is to welcome all returning and potential members to a new year full of potential and opportunities for personal and professional growth and development. Secondly, I want to thank the past President, Dr. Wanda Gill, for everything she has done to promote and program for the chapter. My third order of business, and the most pressing, is to answer a question I have been posed many times: Why join BIG?
There is no short answer to this question. Well, actually it is. This is because BIG promotes:
That is my short answer, but to be truly undestand 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)
The U.S. Department of Education Chapter of BIG Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month - following the Region XI Monthly Meting which is every 2nd Saturday.
Chapter meetings will be held alternately in PCP and FB6 locations with a Conference Call # available.
Next Meeting: TDC, Feb. 18th
BLACK HISTORY MONTH Program
Feb. 16. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Educator Mama Abena Walker
Roots Public Charter School
“During National African American History Month, we recognize the extraordinary achievements of African Americans and their essential role in shaping the story of America. In honor of their courage and contributions, let us resolve to carry forward together the promise of America for our children.”
—President Barack Obama
1. To be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks in government.
2. To eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government.
3. To promote professionalism among Blacks in government.
4. To develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for Blacks in government.
5. To establish a mechanism for the gathering and dissemination of information to Blacks in government.
6. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional, and national significance that affect Blacks in government.