Black Data Processing Associates was founded by Earl A. Pace, Jr. and David Wimberly in May 1975. BDPA was formed out of a concern shared by both men that minorities were not adequately represented in the computer industry. The first BDPA chapter was organized in Philadelphia, PA. The second chapter was organized in Washington, DC in 1978, and a third was organized in Cleveland, Ohio, after which BDPA became a national organization.
BDPA is a member-focused organization that exists to provide professional development programs and services to position its members at the forefront of the information technology industry. Today BDPA strives to bridge the Digital Divide with its programs and services. Currently there are more than 40 chapters across the United States. Future plans include continued growth both nationally and internationally.