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Plot[ edit ] Inan elderly Cecil Gaines recounts his life story while waiting at the White House to meet the newly inaugurated president. Inat the age of seven, Gaines is raised on a cotton plantation in MaconGeorgia.
Inat age eighteen, Cecil leaves the plantation. Desperately hungry, he breaks into a hotel pastry shop.
The elderly master servant, Maynard, takes pity on Cecil and gives him a job. Cecil learns advanced serving and interpersonal skills from Maynard, who later recommends Cecil for a position in a Washington, D. While working there, Cecil meets and marries Gloria, and the couple has two sons: Louis, the elder son, becomes a university student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennesseealthough Cecil feels that the South is too volatile.
Louis joins a student program led by Southern Christian Leadership Conference SCLC activist James Lawsonwhich leads to a nonviolent sit-in at a segregated dinerwhere he is arrested. Gloria, who feels that Cecil puts his job ahead of her, descends into alcoholism. Inafter John F. Kennedy is later assassinated.
His successor, Lyndon B. Johnsonenacts the legislation. Johnson also gives Cecil a tie bar. In the late s, after civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. Cecil orders Louis and his girlfriend to leave his house.
Louis is arrested again. Charlie confides to Louis that he plans to join the war in Vietnam. After enlisting, Charlie is killed and buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Cecil repeatedly confronts his supervisor at the White House over the unequal pay and career advancement provided to the black White House staff.
Cecil becomes uncomfortable with the class divisions in the White House. Gloria encourages Cecil to mend his relationship with Louis. Two months, two weeks and one day later, Cecil prepares to meet the newly inaugurated President, wearing the articles he received from Kennedy and Johnson.
Rochon approaches Cecil and tells him the president is ready, preparing to show him the way to the Oval Office. Cecil tells him that he knows the way. Isaac White portrays him at age Clarence Williams III as Maynard,   an elderly man who mentors a young Cecil and introduces him to his profession.
White House co-workers Cuba Gooding Jr. White House historical figures.News: Welcome Suzuki DRZ Owners! Please register to join the conversation. Feb 19, · She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr.
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Beginning in the s, she made around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something. He draws upon James Baldwin's notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.
to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in . Farrah Hussain Ms. Flaherty CUNY Start Reading and Writing 08 March Compare and Contrast Essay Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X both were African Americans who struggled to be arteensevilla.comick was born a slave for life he didn’t go to school but wanted to have knowledge.
He had a lot of obstacles in his path but the fact he. Similar Ideas. Malcolm X's Mecca Diary Travels. Oprah Winfrey and Jesse Jackson, obviously a long time ago. Malcolm X lived a few lives.
Curious intellect and exemplar of manhood. President Obama says his oral history contains more poetry in it than the Harlem Renaissance. The film dramatizes key events in Malcolm X's life: his criminal career, his incarceration, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Janet Jackson, Prince, and Peggy Cooper Cafritz, founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Their contributions were made as donations; as Lee noted: "This is not a loan. They are not investing in Produced by: Spike Lee, Marvin Worth.