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.
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