Lee Daniels’ The Butler follows Cecil Gaines, a White House butler, during seven United States presidents. Mr. Gaines had a front row view to key moments in America’s history. The character of Cecil Gaines is loosely based off of Eugene Allen. Mr. Allen worked in the White House for 34 years and was the head butler when he retired. Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrance Howard, and more star in this amazing film. This film would be beneficial for Black History Month, U.S. History, Civil Rights Unit, or a Government course. This could also be used for a last minute lesson or sub plans.
My video guide contains 65 questions and an answer key has been provided for your convenience. The film's runtime is 132 minutes and it is rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking.
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Other movie guides/documentaries in my store available for Black History Month:
Harriet- The heroic tale of Harriet Tubman and her work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad
BlacKkKlansman- True story of African American cop who infiltrated the KKK
42- The Story of Jackie Robinson
Red Tails- The Tuskegee Airmen
Glory Road- The 1966 NCAA Championship
Hidden Figures- The Women of NASA
Selma- Dr. Martin L. King Jr. and Voting Equality
Mudbound- Sharecropping/Life in the 1950s South
Race- Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics
The Hate U Give- based off of Angie Thomas' best-selling novel.
Marshall- The early years of Thurgood Marshall and his work with the NAACP
Black Panther- African American representation in film
The Express- The Ernie Davis Story/football
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- One woman's cells helping millions and the family's struggle to know the truth about their mother.
Remember the Titans- A true story about a football team overcoming their differences during their first year of integration
Best of Enemies- The true story of an unlikely friendship between a Ku Klux Klan president, C.P. Ellis, and an African American civil rights activist, Ann Atwater that develops as their district debates integration.
Green Book- Musician traveling the South during the Kim Crow Era
Loving- Based on the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court Case/interracial marriage
Ghosts of Mississippi- Medgar Evers murderer takes the stand over 30 years after the initial crime. This true story follow Mrs. Evers and a Mississippi's D.A. fight for justice.
The Help- Set during 1963, a young white author is inspired to write about African American women and their work as the caretakers and housekeepers for white families in Jackson, Mississippi.
The Great Debaters- Based off the true story of the Wiley College professor, Melvin B. Tolson, who led his African American team to the national broadcast debate at Harvard University.
A Ballerina's Tale- The story of Misty Copeland and her rise to becoming the first African American principal dancer.
Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History Month- The documentary tells the stories of individuals that many may not be aware of when it comes to African American advancements and innovations and also shares the stories of some well-known figures.
Just Mercy- Based on the true story of Bryan Stevenson, a civil rights defense attorney, and his early work with the Equal Justice Initiative.
The Banker- It's based on the true story of two African American entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, in the 1960s who wanted to expand the housing market to include more African Americans.
Added to my TpT Store in January 2020.