Gerlyn Leslie Cadet
He soon realized that the Broward County transportation taxicab industry was dominated by one major firm, owning more than 80% of the transportation system. During this period, 100% of the taxi drivers were minorities with no ownership in the transportation system, Mr. Cadet felt that the drivers were mistreated, voiceless, unequal and certainly not having a fair share in the transportation system while others richly benefitted from their hard work. Although Broward County was under the grip of racial segregation, Mr. Cadet decided to do something about it and organized the taxicab drivers to change the transportation system.
Despite the obstacles, Mr. Cadet elected not to accept his future to be determined by others, he fought with his wit to realize his dream to create a level playing field. Mr. Cadet suffered many trials and tribulations. He rejected several gestures of briberies and was even threatened in multiple occasions to stop the movement. After all attempts failed, he was finally arrested, landed in jail, only to be told, in court, by the judge that she “would send him to serve four decades behind bars”. Mr. cadet never wavered. One of the great achievements that derived from the movement is today, 45% of Broward County’s transportation system is now owned by minorities.