Doug Levitt is not your ordinary song-writer and singer. Abandoning a possibly promising career as a Journalist in major U.S. news outlets, Dough chose to reflect lives of Americans by traveling on Greyhound buses. For the last seven years, he has traveled more than 70,000 miles across America to listen to the stories of millions of Americans who cannot afford even the most basic necessities in the most developed country in the world.
Known as, The Greyhound Diaries, Doug was inspired by the WPA projects of 1930s, which was an effort to portray lives of Americans during the hardships of that era. As such, Doug Levitt also wants to share the stories of around 42 Million Americans were are living in poverty. These Americans travel by Greyhound buses only because they cannot afford to buy a car. In fact, the story of their struggles is alarming because few Americans can understand how a full-time worker working diligently is not able to maintain an adequate standard of living in the most powerful nation on the earth. In fact, these are the questions that Doug wants to answer by sharing experiences of Americans who travel by Greyhound.
As a son of D.C. politician, Doug was born in the capital city, which is regarded as mostly recession-proof. Living in the city, he did not forget that there are millions of Americans who have never been to Washington or New York because they cannot afford to travel to these cities. Accordingly, he always wanted to learn about the struggles of poor Americans.
To portray his experiences with struggling individuals, Levitt regularly arranges concerts where he communicates the plight of Americans through songs, pictures and videos. According to Doug, his journey across America has also allowed him to learn unique perspectives, which provide further encouragement to continue the project. What was initially a 6-week trip across America has turned into a 7 year long journey of inspiration. Considering that American demographics are as varied as its landscape, Doug thinks that there will always be a new story to share. By sharing, he can raise awareness among the American Public that there is a social in-equality in America, which keeps hard-working Americans struggling to live normal lives.
SWball July 29, 2016
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