Guest of Honor

Guest of Honor

Coming Soon: Can one dinner change history? In 1901, the first African-American dined at the White House with a U.S. President. Booker T. Washington was invited by Theodore Roosevelt to share a meal and when the news leaked it sent shockwaves through the nation. This historic first ignited a storm of controversy and the scandal escalated to the point that it divided the country in a new civil war. What happened at that dinner and why was it such an outrage?

This chapter in American history stands as a fascinating snapshot of race relations and remains a surprisingly insightful lens through which all of us today can examine race and politics. Author Deborah Davis tells the captivating story with wisdom and authority, introducing dozens of fascinating figures to create a lively and vastly entertaining series.

“This is history that excites. This is history that inspires. And this is history that will make readers sit up all night.” — Author Betty DeRamus

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Deborah Davis
Deborah Davis

Deborah Davis is the author of nine narrative non-fiction books including Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner that Shocked a Nation which won the prestigious Phillis Wheatley Award for best work of History and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

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