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.
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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
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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
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
“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…
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…
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…
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…