Organizational meeting held at St. John AME Church on July 25, 1989 through efforts of Mary Peoples, an Equal Employment Manager at the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command. Peoples obtained a chapter start up kit from a colleague on the National Board of Directors of BIG. Meeting was attended by 20 employees from various government agencies in local area. Presentations on national organization done by Johnny Smith from the Muscle Shoals Area Chapter, who is a former national officer. Temporary officers were elected as follows: President – Arthur Henderson (MSFC); Secretary – Johnnie Clark (MSFC); and Treasurer – Theodore Dixie (AMCOM). After several meetings and completion of chapter bylaws, a nominating committee was elected to present a permanent slate of officers executed on August 24, 1989 and the first permanent officers were elected.

First permanent officers were: President – Betty McPherson; First Vice President- Arthur Henderson; Second Vice President – James Turnage, Recording Secretary – Johnnie Clark; Corresponding Secretary – Bob Wilkerson; Treasurer – Theodore Dixie, and Parliamentarian – Walter Lacy; Mary Peoples was elected as the Historian. Founding members submitted chapter application and dues to national organization in 1990 and was officially chartered as the Huntsville-Madison County Chapter by National BIG in February 1990. Chapter jurisdiction consisted of local, county and federal employees in Madison County area. Charter members of chapter came from U.S. Army Missile Command (currently AMCOM), U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command (currently Space and Missile Defense Command), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).


Letters were sent to local federal agencies requesting formal recognition as an organization providing assistance and support to EEO programs that furthered employment and advancement opportunities for Black employees. Letters of recognition were received from the Army Missile Command, Army Space and Strategic Defense Command and the Army Corps of Engineers. Currently chapter is comprised of active and retired federal employees in the local area from Department of the Army, Department of Defense organizations, Veterans Administration, General Accounting Office, Madison County and Alabama state government, and private industry.