|Written by Esther Callens|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:46|
What happens when a former slave get invited to have dinner with the President of the United States? Quite a bit if the guests attending this feast are Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt. Remarkably, all the details surrounding the dinner that sparked a tremendous amount of debates can be found in Deborah Davis’ latest account. Guest of Honor –Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner that Shocked a Nation is the title of this exclusive narrative. Providing thorough specifics, Guest of Honor gives an in-depth look at a crucial event in American History.
Dinner at the White House is an event that is normally attended by certain dignitaries. However, when President Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington, a prominent orator and well-known educator, over for dinner and conversation, this sparked a national debate. Why – you might be pondering? Well, let me explain.
Although there have always been men of color in the White House, in the 1900s, their positions were that of a servant. So when an African American dined there, many who still judged a man by the color of their skin considered this an injustice. This in turn sparked a mass-media fury that ran the gamut from seditious newspaper articles to rebel rousing speeches and songs.
In Guest of Honor, Davis not only uncovers the injustices of the day but she also meticulously relays the life story of young Booker T. and T.R. Although their childhoods were quite the opposite, both men went on to excel and eventually share the dinner that helped change a nation. Davis has publicized a vital piece of American history.
A former film executive and story editor/analyst, Deborah Davis has penned numerous books whose titles include Strapless – John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madam X and The Oprah Winfrey Show–Reflections on an American Legacy.