Doug Levitt grew up in Washington D.C., where he attended D.C. public schools, while playing sports and singing in the choir. He is currently a song writer who rode Greyhound buses all around the Unites States for purpose. That purpose was to gather pictures and memories of those who traveled by bus in America. This gave him the chance to meet people who had stories about struggling to get by and inspired him to write songs about them. Impressively, he traveled 70,000 miles in 7 years. From this he started his band The Greyhound Diaries.
While these people traveling were very different in color, race and gender, he wanted to show that they all had one thing in common, their struggle to get from one place to the other. Instead of people being categorized, they are all put into the same group. Levitt feels that his songs help people reveal the stories of their journey.
One of Doug’s goals was to get the word out about poverty and how many people are struggling. When he was returning to the states from overseas one day, he saw the increase of numbers in poverty. He wanted to do something to set out awareness of this and to help in any way possible. His journey began in 2004, where he first noticed how many people cannot afford to drive and therefore have to take the bus.
Doug Levitt shows joins together stories, songs and his own personal narrative. He believes that his project will help people come together and see this as a way of connecting one another’s stories.