Racial Segregation is Topic of Discussion at Upcoming Mayor’s Book Club


Neighbors are invited to participate in a dialogue about racial segregation in American cities when the Mayor’s Book Club resumes this Saturday, June 5 at 3 p.m. as a virtual event.

Mayor Lauren Poe will moderate the 90-minute online discussion based on the book “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein. He will be joined by Natalie Maxwell, Director of Advocacy & Litigation at Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.; Ashon Nesbitt, Chief Programs Officer at the Florida Housing Coalition and Andrew Persons, Director of the city’s Department of Sustainable Development.

“Gainesville is one of the most economically and racially segregated cities in Florida, and we did not become that way by accident,” said Mayor Poe. “This critically acclaimed and national bestseller will help us understand how we got here, the role national, state and local governments have played in creating and maintaining racial segregation, and what we can do about it.”

Neighbors may participate via Zoom (webinar ID: 844 9993 3996) at the time of the event or may listen in by dialing 301-715-8592. Questions and comments for Mayor’s Book Club must be submitted via Zoom during the event. No advance registration is required.

The Book Club event will be broadcast on Cox Cable Channel 12, and livestreamed on the city’s website and Facebook page.

Prior to the event, the mayor and panelists suggest viewing the animated documentary short film, Segregated by Design, directed by Mark Lopez and available at