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My View From the Back of the Bus with Merritt D. Long
April 8 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDTFree
Orca Books is jazzed to announce that we’re having Olympian author Merritt D. Long for a virtual event focusing on his new hit memoir My View From the Back of the Bus. The event will be on April 8th at 5:00pm at https://meet.jit.si/orcabooksevents
Through his lens as a “colored” child, “Negro” teenager, “Black” young man, and finally successful African American state official, this book reveals how Merritt D. Long was shaped by – and helped to shape – American history. Merritt grew up in the segregated South in the 1950’s and 60’s. He experienced the Jim Crow laws, the “colored” drinking fountains, the segregated schools with hand-me-down books for the Black schools, riding in the back of the bus. His journey led him to become a widely admired community leader, a loving husband and father, and a mentor and benefactor to the next generation of young people who struggle to overcome economic hardship and the still-present barriers of entrenched, systemic racism.
Merritt moved to Olympia in 1974 with his wife, Marsha Tadano Long. Their daughter, Merisa, was born at St. Peter Hospital, she attended McLane Elementary, Jefferson Middle School and Capital High School.