“The Butler – A Witness to History” by Wil HaygoodAmerica announced that it was ready for a black president in November 2008, but Wil Haygood found out a few months earlier. That summer, after covering a Barack Obama rally at the University of North Carolina for The Washington Post, Haygood was returning to the media bus when he heard three college women crying on a nearby bench. “Our fathers don’t want us supporting a black man,” one told Haygood, “but they can’t stop us.”Those young women “staring down their daddies”convinced Haywood that an Obama victory was imminent. He immediately set out to find a White House employee “from the era of segregation” for a piece that might capture the poignancy of the occasion. After some digging, he met Eugene Allen, a butler who had worked for eight presidents — Truman through Reagan — over 34 years. (The Washington Post – 2013)
“The Butler -A Witness to History”By Wil Haygood – 2013
Wil Haygood is a prominent American journalist and author of several best-selling biographies and other works of non-fiction. He was born in 1954 in Co- lumbus, Ohio. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Miami University in 1976. Haygood worked as a manager at a department store in New York City but later he decided to become a journalist. In 1984, Haygood became a staff writer at the Boston Globe and as a national and foreign correspondent. In 1991, he became a writer for the Style Section of the Washington Post.
Haygood has written several books. These include Two on the River, King of Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., The Haygoods of Columbus: A Love Story, andThe Butler: A Witness to History.