On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s moving I have a Dream speech, the Florida Office Diversity and Inclusion Committee hosted a screening of the movie, The Butler. The movie, which is loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, chronicles his experience through the character of Cecil Gaines who eyewitnessed many of the major civil rights events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler.
After viewing The Butler, attendees gathered to discuss their thoughts. All attendees were impressed by the movie’s poignant portrayal of the Civil Rights struggle. The discussions centered around the state of race relations today, including what has improved and what needs further improvement. Also, many of the attendees were impressed by the way the movie demonstrated how life experience can shape one’s perception of major events.
All participants enjoyed The Butler, and look forward to the Committee’s next event.