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    The Blacks in Government Carl T. Rowan Chapter (BIGCTR) functions as a nonprofit, employee support, advocacy and resource group located at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.  We promote the well-being of all government employees on issues of Equity, Excellence, and Opportunity in the workplace through Advocacy, Education, Training, Legal and Financial Support.   Read More
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    The Blacks in Government Carl T. Rowan Chapter (BIGCTR) functions as a nonprofit, employee support, advocacy and resource group located at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. We promote the well-being of all government employees on issues of Equity, Excellence, and Opportunity in the workplace through Advocacy, Education, Training, Legal and Financial Support. Read More
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    The Blacks in Government Carl T. Rowan Chapter (BIGCTR) functions as a nonprofit, employee support, advocacy and resource group located at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. We promote the well-being of all government employees on issues of Equity, Excellence, and Opportunity in the workplace through Advocacy, Education, Training, Legal and Financial Support. Read More
  • Welcome

    The Blacks in Government Carl T. Rowan Chapter (BIGCTR) functions as a nonprofit, employee support, advocacy and resource group located at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. We promote the well-being of all government employees on issues of Equity, Excellence, and Opportunity in the workplace through Advocacy, Education, Training, Legal and Financial Support. Read More
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News & Information

A Note from our Chapter President:

The Museum Ribbon Cutting Heard Around the World: A Review of John W. Franklin’s Presentation to the Department of State

 

 

On September 24, 2016, history will be made in Washington DC as the ribbon cutting heard around the world, from Africa to the Americas will take place. I am referring to the official opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (The Museum). How did we get to this historic day? What led up to this monumental and historic event? This article is like all of those cool movies that start with the ending first and then rewind to the beginning to tell the story.

 

Greatness Begets Greatness

 

John W. Franklin, Senior Manager, Office of External Affairs,gave a wonderful presentation entitled: A Century in the Making. Mr. Franklin, son of esteemed historian John Hope Franklin, started his presentation with the migration of Africans to many parts of the world via the slave trade from both East and West Africa. The tragedies of the middle passage are well known, but Mr. Franklin expanded our knowledge by educating us about the dangerous waters around Cape Town, South Africa that sunk slave ships. In fact, The Museum is currently excavating a sunken slave ship off the coast of South Africa. Mr. Franklin also informed us that enslaved Africans were forced to walk across Panama, before the Panama Canal was constructed,where slave ships completed their tragic journey to their new slave lives in Ecuador, Peru and Chile. We were all surprised to learn that only 5% of the slaves from the trans-Atlantic slave trade were brought to the United States. I have not, since my days at Morehouse College, been educated in such a wonderful and complete manner. 

 

An Actual Century in the Making

 

The African American veterans of the Civil War wanted their share their stories, so they asked The United Stated Government for an African American history museum in 1915.  100 years and nearly 540 million dollars later, the idea has powerfully come into fruition. The Museum is already making its presence known on the National Mall as 3600 bronze colored panels adorn the outside of the building, a definite stand out from the other 18 Smithsonian museums. After the presentation, an attendee privately confessed they did not like the look of the museum; but after the Mr. Franklin explained the complexity of the exterior aesthetics, they immediate appreciated the beauty of the bronze colored panels.

 

A Vision Worth Sharing

 

One of the visions of the museum is to tell the African American story in the international context. If Mr. Franklin’s presentation is any indication of this vision, the museum will leave an indelible imprint on everyone that enters through the historic doors of culture and history. The Museum acquired an impressive collection of history and artifacts to educate and inform the curious minds of the international community.  Visitors will experience historic collections of: 

 

Nat Turner, Rosa Parks, Harriett Tubman, Louie Armstrong and Michael Jackson to name a few. Larger artifacts include: an actual slave house that is currently in conservation in Richmond, VA, an actual segregated railroad car and a refurbished Tuskegee Airman airplane. But the Museum has not limited the sharing of the African American story to Washington DC as exhibits will be showcased in: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.  

 

The Nexus to the Path for Racial Reconciliation

 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is far more than a museum, it is a place of dialogue for racial reconciliation. Racial reconciliation may sound unattainable, especially considering the inflammatory rhetoric in the current political climate, but is an ambition worth of every effort. The path to reconciliation starts with understanding each other, spending time with each other and talking to each other.  These are the very things we all need to advance and evolve in our diverse and inclusive world. How can this museum start the dialogue? Oprah Winfrey and Laura Bush’s leadership presence on the Board of Directors indicates the dialogue started years ago.

 

Inherent in Mr. Franklin’s every word and slide was the message that museum coordinators want everyone that is exposed to The Museum to share their learnings and experience and use them as a bridge between the past and the future.  Every museum makes history, but in 2116, how many museums will be credited for serving as a catalyst for racial reconciliation? Just one, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

 

So back to the ending, which was the beginning of this article. Will you be part of history? Will you share in the vision? Will you be part of the dialogue? I willI hope see you at the ribbon cutting heard around the world on September 24, 2016.

 

Eric L. Guthrie, Esq.

President

Blacks in Government

Carl T. Rowan Chapter 

 

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Congratulations to BIGCTR and Honorable Darlene H. Young, National President for a successful 37th Annual BIG National Training Institute!

  

National Delegates Assembly

 

August 23, 2015

 

(Pictures forthcoming)

Primary Delegates

Honorable Darlene H. Young, Christian Blackman,
Emily Clarke, Catherine Williamson, Diane Watson, Claudette Rhone, Eboni Edwards, and Deb Moss

2015 BIG NTI Department of State Agency Forum

August 25, 2015

 

Gregory Smith

Deputy Director, Office of Civil Rights

 

Catherine Rodriguez

DIR at Florida International University and Miami Dade College

2015 BIG NTI Agency Forum
Picture Gallery

BIG Life Membership


August 26, 2015

 

Christian Blackman (A/LM/AQM/IP)

Carl Sublett, Sr. (OIG)

Boyd Jordan (S/ES-EX)(not pictured)


 Christian Blackman

 

 

Carl Sublett, Sr.

 

 

2015 National Sterling Membership Award Winner

 

Carl T. Rowan Chapter

 

August 27, 2015


(Pictures forthcoming)

 

 

 

 

Professional Development Session on the Senior Executive Service - Wednesday, 4/30 @ 12pm in HST 1107

 

The Carl T. Rowan Chapter of Blacks In Government is now participating in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Help us continue to help others by donating. (CFC #54102).