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WASHINGTON (RNS) “The attributes that made him a great butler made him a great usher,” said Denise Johnson, an usher at the predominantly black D.C. church where Eugene Allen was a member for six decades.


  1. The comments from the Director, Mr.Daniels, was certainly welcome. Ms. Winfrey, certainly one of the World’s most prominent African American women, shocked her audience and me personally when she presented her own idea of Salvation some years ago when she stated that she believed that there is more than one way people can take for their personal salvation. It will be interesting if her beliefs are indicated in any fashion in the movie, or if her beliefs have changed over time as many of ours have. I am looking forward to seeing the movie.

  2. “Butler” is extremely well done and a wonderful story but somewhat besmirched by an obvious pro-slant to the Democratic presidents. Excellent portrayal of Truman and Kennedy; a ludicrous one of Johnson and Nixon, with Nixon being far worse. Little mention on Eisenhour. As for Reagon, he is put down as an individual and as hesitant to address the racial crisis. In other words, a great story warped by the usual Hollywood treatment and need to add sensationalism where it is not needed.

  3. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but hope to soon. What stands out to me in this article is that Director Daniels had to “fight” to be historically accurate concerning Eugene Allen’s Christian faith, as if some how his faith was an “addendum” to the story, rather than being the key to understanding the man. That would be like saying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a community organizer without ever mentioning the fact that he was the Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and the leader of a large spiritual community of African-American Christians. The faith shapes the man,and the combination man and his faith ARE the story.

  4. Thank you for publishing this article and thanks to Dr. Martha Banks for directing me to view this site. I also have not seen the movie, but I plan to take both my children. I think it is important to share our history in order to help them along their journey as African-Americans.