A Review of Doug Levitt’s Unique Way of Highlighting American Poverty

There is an established tradition within the US whereby artistes crisscross the country for sightseeing purposes. This is often done with the aim of understanding the history of the American subcontinent, and the inhabitants of different regions. This is a tradition that often comes into play whenever America is facing a national crisis. During such situations, all Americans are often bond together but a common crisis irrespective of their location or background.

Doug Levitt decided to explore America in a different way altogether. When he embarked on a project known as “The Greyhound Diaries”, his aim was to highlight inherent poverty, which affects all parts of the US. He captured his expedition through photography, authorship and music. Levitt’s decision to take a different course was inspired by the fact that those who have ventured out have consistently failed to address real problems that face local communities. Through the Greyhound Diaries, Levitt has successfully managed to capture the attention and imagination of the entire nation.

Despite the fact that Levitt took a totally different path to carry out his exploration, his message resonates well with millions of Americans. Being a musician, he has also become synonymous for penning inspirational songs. Some of his songs talk about the experiences that he had while traversing the US on the Greyhound buses.

A Synopsis of Doug Levitt

The Washington native studied at the London School of Economics and Cornell University. During his childhood, his mother was a local politician and activist. The lessons that he received from her have helped mold him into the man that he is today. At Woodrow High School, Doug’s music and photography talent was discovered and nurtured.

Living in London while working as a CNN reporter, opened his eyes to social injustices. During his singing career Doug has had the opportunity of working with David Henry, a celebrated producer. Along the success that he has had on the musical arena, Doug has made a name for himself as a consummate activist.

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http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/the-greyhound-diaries/

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