Author: Benjamin Banneker Chapter (BBC) of Blacks in Government (BIG)
Born on Nov. 9, 1731, Benjamin Banneker was a mathematician, surveyor, inventor and an astronomer.
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.
To learn more about Benjamin Banneker, visit online resources compiled a digital reference specialist at the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/banneker/index.html.
The 2019 Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for nomination to offices in the Benjamin Banneker Chapter for the term of January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022 (Two Year Term). The offices for election are:
· Recording Secretary
· Correspondence Secretary
You may self-nominate or nominate a member for office. To be nominated, you must be in good standing with the Benjamin Banneker Chapter, meet the qualifications of the position and consent to being nominated and sign the Officer Agreement and Release Form.
Nominations will be opened from November 15-22, 2019.
All nominees will need to provide written consent (via email) of your acceptance of the nomination by 10:00 a.m. on November 25, 2019.
Elections will take place from November 25 through December 6, 2019, via electronic ballot stamp by 10:00 a.m. EST.
Please find enclosed the Nominating Form, Officer Descriptionsand the Nomination, Elections, Term of Offices an Vacancies documentation.
12/14 Monthly Meeting – END OF A TERM NOAA, 2nd Floor
Unless otherwise noted, the NOAA location is 1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20918, 2nd Floor Conference Room at 10am. If you have any questions about the 2016 BIG Region XI calendar of events, please contact Region XI Council President Marion V. Allen. https://www.bigrxi.org/events.html
*All event proceeds support Blacks In Government Region XI mission related activities.
“Holding You Accountable”As we often hear the phase “you aren’t accountable.” The word accountable means different things to different people. My definition of accountability is “responsible.” When people are accountable, and answer for their actions, it builds trust. Less balls get dropped and people like to work with people they can count on. You are probably wondering why I choose this topic of interest. I’m glad you asked….!
As a leader and/or a person in charge, you are accountable for the success of your team. The teams that I’m referring to are the “Region XI Chapters.” As we prepare to align our goals and mission with the vision of the organization for the coming year, I want to stress that accountability is key to the success of the region and/or your chapter. Basically, accountability is ensuring that you set realistic goals and objectives, set expectations and encourage ways to give and receive constructive feedback.
Rather you are targeting timelines for submission of financial requirements for your chapter and/or your chapter activity reports, accountability begins with the leader. I use these as examples because these are requirements that must be submitted to the organization in a timely fashion.
A healthy way to stay accountable is to check yourself against the following questions:
1. “Who does what by when?” 2. “What are the tests for success?” 3. “How will you follow up?”
What are the ways you hold yourself and others accountable when it counts?
4th Quarter Recommended Reading: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – by Jim Collins (Author)
Quote of the Week: “Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey
The Benjamin Banneker Chapter recently presented two scholarship awards of $500 each to local students who are graduating high school and attending college in the fall.
GSA’s Benjamin Banneker Chapter has given scholarships to local students for over five years. This year, the chapter has a new scholarship because our treasurer Renita Townsend-Nowlin, a recent GSA retiree, made a substantial donation to be given out over a five-year period. The scholarship is named in honor of her beloved aunt, Thelma Patsy Nartey Clinton, who passed away last year.
The chapter also provided Achievement Awards and gift cards to two students at Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts (RWPCS). BBC has adopted the school and provides different contributions to the school whether in the form of volunteerism or monetary support.
A few weeks ago, several chapter members volunteered to critique students defending their senior papers, a graduation requirement. Helen Compton-Harris, RWPCS outreach, planning and development director and valedictorian Davon Harris attended the ceremony.
One of the scholarship recipients was Kamilah M. Coleman, a daughter of former BBC President Kevin M. Coleman, a management program analyst, and his wife Durriyah Coleman.
The other recipient was Kyndal B Harrison, a daughter of procurement analyst Kimberly Harrison and her husband Dennis who also works at GSA.
BIG National Executive Vice President Shirley Jones, Esq., was the keynote speaker. She discussed the history of Blacks in Government. Jones is managing associate general counsel, a Senior Executive Service (SES) member, at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Jones believes strongly in BIG’s mission. She’s served in a variety of leadership positions including Region XI Council President (2012-2015), National Legal Review Committee Chair (2009-2012), and GAO-USACE BIG Chapter President (2005-2008), amongst several other national, regional, and chapter positions.
Jones considers herself both an employee advocate and a career development trainer. In her advocacy role, she has twice had the opportunity to testify before Congress on diversity in the government’s SES and the impact of pay for performance on employee morale, in 2007 and 2008 respectively. From 2009-2012, while serving as BIG’s National Legal Review Committee Chair, Jones worked with rebuilding BIG’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Institute. In 2009, she developed recommendations and wrote the first EEO advocacy paper sent to Congress from BIG since the mid 1990s.
On Feb. 28, our chapter presented a robust program and art exhibit dedicated to Black migrations, acknowledging the forces affecting thousands to move and the long-lasting impact on African Americans, the nation and the world.
The Benjamin Banneker Chapter of Blacks in Government chose a theme that is being promoted this year by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), which is the “premier Black Heritage learned society with a strong network of national and international branches and partners whose diverse and inclusive membership will continue the [Dr. Carter G.] Woodson legacy.” Woodson, an author and historian, was one of the founders of ASALH, which was established in 1915.
“Beginning in the early decades of the twentieth century, African American migration patterns included relocation from southern farms to southern cities; from the South to the Northeast, Midwest, and West; from the Caribbean to US cities as well as to migrant labor farms; and the emigration of noted African Americans to Africa and to European cities, such as Paris and London, after the end of World War I and World War II,” according to ASALH.
“Such migrations resulted in a more diverse and stratified interracial and intra-racial urban population amid a changing social milieu, such as the rise of the Garvey movement in New York, Detroit, and New Orleans; the emergence of both black industrial workers and black entrepreneurs; the growing number and variety of urban churches and new religions; new music forms like ragtime, blues, and jazz; white backlash as in the Red Summer of 1919; the blossoming of visual and literary arts, as in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Paris in the 1910s and 1920s.”
The program at GSA featured Stacy T. Holmes of the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment. an Emmy Award Winning, Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Editor and producer/director with over 35 years of experience. Holmes is also an on-air talent, voice-over artist, graphic designer and editor.
The Rochester, N.Y.-native is known localy for also delivering a universal message of motivational inspiration, merging the traditional “just the facts ma’am” presentation with his distinctive “in-your-face” style.
In addition, he was the owner and operator of Studio3South in the early 2000s, a video production company serving clients from commercial to nonprofit, government and faith-based organizations. Many of the projects he worked on have won a variety of industry awards, climaxing in 2018 with a Regional Emmy Award for a weekly talk show produced in Washington, D.C. that he edited.
She is a consistent supporter of the Benjamin Banneker chapter including participating in its annual agency forum during Blacks in Government‘s premier training and development program the National Training Institute. She noted that she’s looking forward to the next NTI in August in Dallas.
When I became GSA Administrator, one of the first groups that reached out to me was the Benjamin Banneker Chapter of BIG. That really meant a lot to me — and our relationship has grown from there. #BIGRXIBBC
The program also featured moving and inspiring musical selections and certificate presentations to GSA employees who contributed to the excellent planning and execution of the event on Feb. 28. Outside of the auditorium, guests also viewed a detailed art exhibition showcasing aspects of African American history and culture.
The colour of the skin is in no way connected with strength of the mind or intellectual powers. — Benjamin Banneker
I am of the African race, and in the colour which is natural to them of the deepest dye; and it is under a sense of the most profound gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe. — Benjamin Banneker