Friday, November 7, 2008

A Butler Well Served

Amidst all of the hubbub accompanying the historic election of the first African-American man to occupy the Oval Office, there is the story of another Black man who toiled in the bowels of the White House for over three decades... and who had the honor of helping to bring President-elect Obama into office.

89-year-old Eugene Allen began his career as a White House butler at a time when segregation was still in force in the United States.

During the 1950’s and through his retirement during the Reagan administration, the only Black faces one might see in the White House were the mostly unseen and often unappreciated staff. Yet, Gene is proud to have fostered friendships with former presidents and outlived them all to see the dawn of this historic new administration.

Read the full story and check out the photo gallery (with Gene’s narration) at The Washington Post.


paisley said...

wow,, that was an empowering story... it ended on such a sad note,, but i am ever so glad he made it to see a black man take his rightful place in the white house!!!!!!

thank you soooo much for sharing that with me!!!!!

Unknown said...

That Butler story would make an excellent movie if it was made by the right person. The end of that news article got me choked up.

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