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Meet Michael Gengler: Annunal Meeting of the Southern Historical Association

November 7-10, 2019

Mike will host an author table for his book, We Can Do It, during the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association at the Galt Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, November 7-10, 2019.

Mike will have books available to purchase and sign at his table.

For information about the annual meeting, go here.

Meet Michael Gengler: Harvard Alumni Author Event at the Coop

October 26, 2019 — from 2-4pm

The Harvard Coop will be transformed into a reader’s delight at this inaugural Harvard Alumni Author Book event, co-sponsored by The Harvard Coop & Harvard Magazine. Free snacks, and other special offers for attendees included!

Mike will have books available to purchase and sign at his table.

For more information, click here.

TV Appearance: WUFT-FM Gainesville, Florida

September 13, 2019 at 10am

Mike Gengler will appear on WUFT-FM, Gainesville, Florida, during WUFT’s fall fundraising campaign on Friday, September 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Copies of We Can Do It will be offered as premiums for listener contributions.  If you are outside the listening area you can stream this event by going to the WUFT website.

For more information, click here.

Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting

May 17, 2019 at 8am

Mike Gengler will be on a panel on Race and Race Relations at 8:00am to 9:15am at the Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.

For more information, click here.

University of Florida, Gainsville – From Segregation to Black Lives Matter, African American Oral History Symposium

March 21-23 / Free Event

Mike Gengler will sign copies of We Can Do It

To register, click here.

Harry Sudakoff Center, New College of Florida

February 22, 2019 at 1pm

Mike Gengler presents on We Can Do It at the Florida Conference of Historians 2019 Meeting

Panel on The Public School and the Public Library: Flashpoints of the Modern Civil Rights Movement

Alachua County Public Library

Headquarters Branch – Meeting Room A
November 17, 2018 at 2pm

Mike Gengler Presents his new book We Can Do It: A Community Takes on the Challenge of School Desegregation

Press & News

Reader Views Book Review

“We Can Do It: A Community Takes on the Challenge of School Desegregation” by Michael Gengler was a fascinating read, well researched and informative. The read itself appears to be a study given all the historical facts and information. I highly recommend this educational and enlightening read. Read more… New book to chronicle the desegregation of Alachua County Schools

Titled “We Can Do It: A Community Takes on the Challenge of School Desegregation” and written by Gainesville native Michael Gengler, the book uses interviews with 80 people along with interviews provided by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, to show how black and white school administrators, parents, students and teachers dealt with the change in the 1969-70 school year. Read more… Leading from the front on public education

Not for the first time is Alachua County facing quality and equity issues in its public schools. The desegregation years, beginning in 1965, provide a point of comparison. The county then, as now, needed improved facilities, and more generous state funding than the Republican governor was willing to provide (at the time, Claude Kirk). The county also had to desegregate its schools. Read more…

History News Network: The Heroes of School Desegregation Were the Teachers

Often overlooked in histories of school desegregation are the teachers. Most were products of segregated colleges. Nothing in their training prepared them to teach integrated classes. After the lawyers and the courts had their say, the teachers had to make desegregation work. Failure was not an option. We have public schools in the South today because of their courage and tenacity. Read more…

The Independent Florida Alligator: Gainesville native’s book chronicles the integration of local schools

In fall 1961, then-17-year-old Michael Gengler took a poll for his high school’s newspaper. The poll asked Gainesville High School students if they were in favor of desegregation. Sixty-two percent of the student body said no. “I was disappointed,” Gengler said. “Being from Gainesville and having a strong connection to the community, this was something I wanted to investigate.” Now, more than 50 years later, Gengler, 74, who was born and raised in Gainesville, wrote a book called “We Can Do It: A Community Takes on the Challenge of School Desegregation.” Read more…