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Published:May 9th, 2011 23:28 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Sherman L. Turner, Author of Minorities Deceived: The ShermanTurner Story

Judyth Piazza chats with Sherman L. Turner, Author of Minorities Deceived: The ShermanTurner Story

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Sherman L. Turner of Buffalo, N.Y., was a master plumber and minority contractor forthe Small Business Administration. Paralyzed by a massive stroke in 1995, hetraveled to Kenya to try learning another language, at his doctor`s suggestion,to aid his recovery.

At the Kenyan School of Languages and Rehabilitations, helearned the African language Kiswahili, which helped improve his memory andmake Minorities Deceived: The ShermanTurner Story, Part I possible. Kenya:Rehabilitation, Part II is also available.

Minorities Deceived: The Sherman Turner Story, Part I describes the partnership between a minority contractor named Sherman Turner and a larger "Wall Street Money Contractor" in the government`s Small Business Administration`s SBA 8/a Section Program a partnership formed for the sole purpose of increasing minority hiring and training levels on government contract jobs. The resulting arrangement worked well for all involved, generating jobs for unions, quality work for the government, benefits for the minority community and workers, and more work for the larger contractor.

After several years, however, the larger contracting firm began to ignore the rules of the original agreement, putting limits on hiring and training minorities. The SBA government asked Turner to try doing the job without the help of the larger contractor a circumstance that inevitably would lead to a war of sorts, as the larger contractor had control of unions and suppliers, as well as much greater financial resources. What happened to the SBA report that was turned into the Buffalo District Director office of the SBA; about on the job discrimination and acts of bad behavior filed with the government? Was it ignored? Was it lost or misplaced? Deceived explores the reasons the larger contractor may have had for acting in bad faith in the partnership and examines the outcome of the conflict. Who won the war? You be the judge.