Story Of Another Brother In The White House

Story Of Another Brother In The White House

Just after Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States the Washington Post ran a story about a man who served the 43 white men who came before him.

Published November 24, 2008

Just after Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States the Washington Post ran a story about a man who served the 43 white men who came before him.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the story of Eugene Allen, a black man who served as a White House butler for 34 years, has been snapped up by Columbia pictures.

Allen, who was reared in Virginia, started off his White House career as a pantry man in 1952. He served under Presidents Truman, Eisnehower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan before retiring in 1986. He served through many landmark events in the Civil Rights struggle including: Brown v. Board of Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1963 March on Washington and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.

While Allen cast his vote on Election Day for Barack Obama, his wife of 65 years missed the opportunity to vote for the nation's first black President as she died on Nov. 3.       


Post writer Wil Haygood who wrote the story will serve as an associate producer on the film that will be produced by Laura Ziskin. She described the film as "a portrait of an extraordinary African-American man who has lived to see the world turn. It's about the essence of this man and what he saw, as well as the love story with his wife."

Written by Miki Turner

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