"Lee Daniels' The Butler"

"Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Eugene Allen began working at the White House in 1952. Over the course of three decades, he would witness the upheavals of the civil rights movement from a unique perspective.

Eugene Allen began working at the White House in 1952. Over the course of three decades, he would serve eight presidents and witness the upheavals of the civil rights movement from within 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A new star-studded feature film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler," tells a (slightly) fictionalized version of Allen's unique life story, while exploring the fraught issues of race and racism in American politics. We talk with the film's director and the local journalist who uncovered Allen's story.

Guests

Lee Daniels

Director / Producer, "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Wil Haygood

Reporter, Washington Post; Author, "The Butler: A Witness to History" (Simon and Schuster)

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" Movie Trailer

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