Blacks In Government was conceived by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (DHEW) black federal employees at the Park Lawn Building in Rockville, Maryland. The organization was viewed as essential to minority civil service employees based on a wide assortment of problems faced by the DHEW employees in Rockville. Initially, it was thought that the umbrella organization would address only the problems existing at the Federal level. It was soon determined however that state, county, and municipal employees were faced with the same type of employment problems.
Blacks In Government was organized in 1975 and incorporated as a non-profit organization under he District of Columbia jurisidiction in 1976. BIG's members are civil servants throughout all levels of government and private industry. The first National Training Conference was held in 1979. BIG is committed to improving public service through promoting equity, excellence, and opportunity in the workplace and supporting our community.