Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Over the weekend I went and saw the number one movie in America, The Butler. I thought it would be perfect to see this film because of the subject matter during the week of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. If you haven’t seen this film yet, then make a point to catch it while it’s still in theaters.
For me, the film was a major black history lesson told in a narrative way. In my opinion it should be shown in high schools and colleges across the nation to help educate students, not just during the typical month of February. It not only serves up a black history lesson, but students who watch it will also learn about the presidents during that time period.
This movie just might move you to tears, but for good reason. The subject matter shouldn’t be taken lightly and it should inspire us all that we still have a long way to go in are constant fight for equality and justice for all. The film showed me how far we’ve come as a nation, but also how far we still have to go until we are really living the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.
I was very happy with the film and the story that is being told in theaters around the world. Hopefully this film will bring change to the world that will continue to advance civil rights for all.
LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER tells the story of a White House butler who served seven American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, and many more. Academy Award® nominated Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) directs and Emmy®-award winning Danny Strong (GAME CHANGE) wrote the script.