Columbia has hired actor-turned-screenwriter Danny Strong to pen “The Butler,” the true story of an African American man who served as a White House butler for 34 years [click here to read].      

Eugene Allen started at the White House as a “pantry man” in 1952 when blacks weren’t allowed to use public restrooms in his native Virginia [click here to read]. He went on to serve eight presidents and had a unique front row seat as political and racial history was being made, from the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy Jr.

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