Black History Month 2012

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the NOAA Chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG) are presenting another excellent and informative series of events for Black History Month 2012. The theme for this year’s Black History celebration is Black Women in American Culture and History.

The NOAA Civil Rights Office in collaboration with the National Ocean Service and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research will host the commemorative program on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the NOAA Science Center. The program highlights include:

Welcome Remarks:
Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan
Assistant Secretary and Acting Chief Scientist

Keynote Address:
Vikki Kennedy Johnson
Senior Manager, Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks

Blacks in Government (BIG) Distinguished Service Awards

NOAA BIG Distinguished Service Award Ceremony:

One of the highlights of the anticipated events is the NOAA BIG Distinguished Service Award Ceremony, which gives recognition to NOAA employees who have consistently contributed outstanding service to NOAA and/or BIG to promote excellence in the workplace. The NOAA BIG Chapter is requesting nominations for the fourth annual NOAA BIG Distinguished Service Award (DSA). The award will be presented to the recipient(s) during the Black History Month Program.

Nominations for the Calendar Year 2012 award should be submitted to Othel Freeman at by COB, January 26, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Othel Freeman at

Details on eligibility and nomination procedures can be obtained by clicking here.

NOAA BIG Trivia Game:

The NOAA Chapter of Blacks In Government is sponsoring a Black History Month Trivia Game Contest prior to the main event. The Black History Month Trivia Game is to be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012.

The contest will start on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 and end on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Each Wednesday, a Black History question will be emailed to you. You will have until the close of business on that day to email your answer to Theresa Berry, at All correct answers will be eligible for the grand finale (the announcement of the Winner and awarding of the E-Reader Notebook at the NOAA BIG Trivia Game).