Blacks In Government was organized in 1975 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. in 1976.
BIG has been a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues and promote excellence in public service and opportunity for all Americans.
The chapter is named after Benjamin Banneker, a free black man born in 1731 who owned a farm near Baltimore. Largely self-educated in astronomy and mathematics, Banneker was called upon to assist in the surveying of territory for the construction of the nation’s capital. He also became an active writer of almanacs and exchanged letters with Thomas Jefferson, politely challenging him to do what he could to ensure racial equality. Banneker died on October 9, 1806.
The Benjamin Banneker Chapter of BIG is committed to cultivating our members to succeed by fostering personal development and professionalism and ensuring our GSA Leadership understand that and assist us in doing so. We are also focused on the achievement of equality within the workplace for opportunities for all BBC members and non-members to realize their full potential. BIG strives to promote equity in all aspects of American life, excellence in public service, and opportunity for all Americans.