Region VII Regional Council of Blacks In Government was formed March 1980, in Columbia, Missouri. At that time Region VII consisted of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Southern Illinois. The Chair of the Regional Formation Committee was Norman Seay, a well known civil rights veteran from the St. Louis area. Mr. Seay was also the first National Executive Vice President of Blacks In Government. Langston David Eqr. was elected the first Regional Council President. Others from the region who were there at the beginning were: Julius Crouch, from St. Louis, also the National Board Chair. William Massey and Mary Jackson both from Kansas City, who served as national board members. Region VII was one of the first, if not the first, region to be formed outside the District of Columbia.
The first chartered chapters formed in Region VII were St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter and The Greater Kansas City Chapter Inc. Both have remained active and were chartered after the first National training Conference in Washington, D.C., September, 1979. The other active chapters are:
Nebraska Chapter located in Omaha, Nebraska charted in 1984. Central Iowa Chapter located in Des Moines, Iowa charted in 1986. Central Heartland located in Columbia, Missouri, charted in 1993. Other charted chapters within the region but now defunct were: Topeka Kansas and Leavenworth Chapters in the state of Kansas. The ARPERCEN chapter, later named the Gateway Chapter from St. Louis, Missouri and the Southwest Missouri Chapter located at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri are also defunct.
Region VII proudly hosted the National Training Conference (NTC) in the following years:
Kansas City, Missouri in 1990
Kansas City, Missouri in 1993
St. Louis, Missouri in 1995
Kansas City, Missouri in 2010
The regional council meetings are held three times a year in the months of February, June and October.
Region VII BIG History
An advocate of equal opportunity and professional development for Blacks government employees at the local, state and federal government levels and others dedicated to justice for all.
Our goals and objectives of the council are set forth by the National Constitution of Blacks In Government.
1. To be an advocate of equal opportunity for Black in government.
2. To eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government.
3. To promote professional 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 region, and national significance that effect Blacks in government.
BIG Goals and Objectives
Members focused, world class enterprise, recognized for excellence.
Enable all present and future Black employees in local, state and federal governments to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy.