Get to Know Eugene Allen, the Inspiration Behind "The Butler"

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Facing Adversity

He came of age in the time of Jim Crow and, like many African-Americans of the era, endured the harsh effects of racism and segregation. Despite working inside the White House, a shining beacon for social and political change, Blacks were not given high-ranking positions and instead were relegated to kitchen help or doormen. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)