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Message from the President.

I am very pleased to welcome you to the U.S. Department of Education Chapter of Blacks In Government, BIG-ED for short. Please take a few minutes to read our goals and objectives along with the 10 Reasons You Should Join ED-BIG. We are both a resource and an advocate for Blacks in government. We also welcomes and encourage returning and new members to be active participants as we strive to improve the workforce at ED for Black employees. We hope you will join us as we move to expand our scope of influence and advocacy on your behalf.

Wanda E. Gill, Ed.D.


ED Chapter, Blacks In Government

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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.


There are many reasons to join Blacks in Government in general, and the Education Chapter, particularly. The first starts with knowing what you want to get out of BIG. The second answers what do you want to give to BIG? What you both give to BIG and get from BIG makes BIG what it is. No organization can fulfill your needs if you neither speak up nor step up. Being a part of BIG provides strength.

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

~ African proverb

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

Why Join BIG?

September’s BIG Haiku

Black History in Sept

to ride out the storm

you must place yourself in it

and make history

Present Day Role Model

Ruby Bridges - Hall, was born September 8, 1951 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1960, at six years old she was one of the first black children to attend an all white public elementary school in the the South. Escorted by Federal Marshals, she was the only child in her class.  In her effort “to increase Parental Involvement in Education” she founded “The Ruby Bridges Foundation.”

Past Sheroes

Mary Church Terrell was (September 23, 1863 – July 24, 1954)

Mary Church Terrell was born September 23, 1863 in Memphis, Tennessee. Terrell became an educator, political activist, the first president of the National Association of Colored Women,  and became the first black woman appointed to the District of Columbia Board of Education in 1895. In 1898, Mary Church Terrell wrote how African-American women "with ambition and aspiration [are] handicapped on account of their sex, but they are everywhere baffled and mocked on account of their race."