“The Butler,” a movie based on an article that Wil Haygood wrote for the Washington Post, is set for release this fall, and on March 16 Haygood came to Denver to speak to members and friends of Delta Eta Boule . The event held at the Cable Center was sponsored by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
Some of the most entertaining, and informative, biographies today are those written by Wil Haygood. "King of Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr." and "Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson" are among them.
His writing took off in an exciting new direction, though, when an article that he wrote for the Washington Post in 2008 about legendary White House butler Eugene Allen was made into a movie with a cast that includes Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mariah Carey and Vanessa Redgrave.
Haygood spoke about "The Butler," due out later this year, when he came to Denver last week for an event hosted by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management for members and friends of Delta Eta Boulé.
Allen was hired as a "pantry man" at the White House in 1952 and served under eight presidents until retiring 34 years later, as head butler. He died in 2010.
"An Evening with Wil Haygood," was held at the Cable Center and included a question and answer session moderated by Denver Post editor Gregory Moore, a past president of Delta Eta Boulé.