Beth­le­hem Bap­tist host­ing guest speaker

For­mer foot­ball coach to dis­cuss black his­tory

The Covington News - - Religion -

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.

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