When I interviewed Wil Haygood, author of the book that inspired the film The Butler, he shared that he would sometimes stand outside theaters and marvel at the long lines of people of all ages and colors who waited the lines to see the movie. That's what also impressed me when I saw the film. There were suburban matrons and young black youth having a shared experience of the courage and heartbreak of the African American journey through the Civil Rights Movement.
Back in 2008 Haygood wanted to find a black white house employee who had worked through eight U.S. Presidents and he found that person in Eugene Allen. Check out my interview with Wil Haygood, the author of The Butler:A Witness to History.