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May 2021

View from the Back of the Bus at SPSCC’s Artist & Lecture Series

“His teachers provided the nurturing and support for him to develop self-confidence.” Because of their legacy, he learned “to keep trying and believing in yourself even when most messages all-around may be demeaning and disrespectful and that it is possible to overcome obstacles based on the color of your skin.”

  • 13 May 2021 5:30pm


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On May 13, Merritt Long will speak at the SPSCC Artist & Lecture Series about his experiences with racism and new book My View from the Back of the Bus.

Merritt LongThe evening will be an informal conversation between friends with Merritt and Locke. Topics will cover stories from the book, insights on life, the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and how current events surrounding George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, and anti-Asian incidents can help bridge racial divides. Online RSVP required.

Take the time to enjoy the multigenerational stories from your family as well. The past has many things to teach us if we just take a moment to pause, learn and listen.

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Copies of the book can be purchased at Browsers Bookshop and Orca Books in downtown Olympia or from the Long’s directly.