What happens when you combine the star power of Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker and a large cast that includes other Academy Award-winning actors? You get the powerful new trailer for Lee Daniels’ upcoming movie, “The Butler.” The film follows Whitaker’s character as he works as the White House’s head butler during eight presidencies and highlights the struggle for civil rights during that time.
Whitaker’s character in the movie is based on the true story of Eugene Allen’s 34 years working at the White House. “The Butler” shows the plight of those fighting for the civil rights of African-Americans during that time and includes a look at the Freedom Riders in the South, as well as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s influence on the movement. Sadly, many people still experience racism today. If you want to take a stand, you can check your hidden biases 0r learn more about the United Nations’ Let's Fight Racism campaign.
The movie also serves as a reminder of the present-day struggle of domestic workers in the United States. Domestic workers often work without the basic labor rights afforded to other professionals. To support domestic workers, check out the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which is the nation’s “leading voice for the millions of domestic workers in the United States.”
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The film it set to be released this fall. For more on how you can get involved in fighting against racism and for the rights of domestic workers, take action below.