Bethlehem Baptist hosting guest speaker
Former football coach to discuss black history
Speaking at 11 a. m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church as part of its African- American History month is former Newton County educator and football coach Mr. Gilbert N. Turman.
The program is sponsored by the Education Ministry under the leadership of the Rev. H. K. Benton Jr.
Mr. Turman was born in Atlanta and attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He attended Clark College on a football scholarship, receiving a BA. He received an MA and EDS from Atlanta University.
In 1962 Turman began his career teaching at R. L. Cousins High School. In 1966 he pioneered the first football program for black students at R. L. Cousins.
He remained in Covington until 1972 when he moved to Southwest Atlanta High School as a teacher and football coach.
Under his guidance, the school became the first black school since integration to win a state football championship in 1973.
In 1980 he became assistant principal at Cross Keys High School and later principal at Gordon High School, McNair Jr. High School and Southwest DeKalb High School.
In 1993 he was promoted to area superintendent in the DeKalb County School System and held this position until he retired in 1998. Turman currently serves as a consultant to the DeKalb School system in mentoring and helping develop school administrators.
Turman is active in the community and currently serves as president of the South DeKalb Neighborhoods Coalition Inc., a non- profit organization established to protect and improve the quality of life of citizens.
The organization was successful in closing the Live Oak and Hickory Ridge Landfills.
He served as president of the Claude C. George Foundation Inc. which has provided educational opportunities for deserving underprivileged youth through scholarship awards for college or technical school.
Turman is married to Anne S. Turman, and they have three children — Carla, Gilbert III and Terrelyn.