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“The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” with Derick Lugo

“The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” with Derick Lugo

04/04/2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

“The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” with Derick Lugo
Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. on Zoom

Derick Lugo had never hiked, camped, or pitched a tent a day in his life. He certainly couldn’t imagine going more than a day without manicuring his goatee. But with a job cut short and no immediate plans or responsibilities, this Brooklyn-born, New York City urbanite began to contemplate the possibilities several months of free time could offer him. The Appalachian Trail — attempting to hike all 2,192 miles was never a serious thought, yet suddenly he found himself asking, “Could I do it?”

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker is the story of a young Black man setting off from the big city with an extremely overweight pack and a willfully can-do attitude. What follows are lessons on preparation, humility, race relations, and nature’s wild unpredictability. Through it all, Derick (Mr. Fabulous) refuses to let any challenge squash his inner Pollyanna, persevering with humor, tenacity, and an unshakeable commitment to grooming that sees him from Georgia to Maine. (courtesy of Derick Lugo)

Co-Sponsor: CCM’s Counseling & Wellness Center.

RSVP: Derick Lugo on 4/12

The Legacy Project

Our Story: The Legacy Project is an ongoing speaker series at County College of Morris that presents a variety of programming on many important topics. Over the years, the project has held events on civil rights, genocide, Hurricane Katrina, war & peace, and climate change.

Past speakers have included Theodora Smiley-Lacey, a personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Richard Blanco, the second inaugural poet for President Barack Obama; and award-winning filmmaker Petra Epperlein, in addition to authors, academics, nonprofit leaders, artists, performers, and even a wrestling champion.

We have presented events at CCM, local libraries, and the Morris Museum. Decisions on programs are made by a 35-member advisory committee, and some speakers have been funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Welcome to the Legacy Project.