New Book Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Charles L. Gittens

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Maurice A. Butler revisits a remarkable era in United States history through the life of an ordinary man who dared to do extraordinary things

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The middle of the 20th century was a time of great change in America. It was during this era that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed and deemed the answer to the critical need of African Americans for equal rights. Like almost all forms of change, integration was met with resistance. It was not an easy process and for some people it was simply unheard of. Charles L. Gittens grew up and lived in such tumultuous times yet he was able to rise above the odds and create a legacy that would be admired and remembered for generations to come.

In “OUT FROM THE SHADOW: The Story of Charles L. Gittens Who Broke the Color Barrier in the United States Secret Service”, author Maurice A. Butler celebrates the life of an ordinary man who dared to do extraordinary things at an era when the ordinary was simply not enough.

Gittens was the first African American to become an agent for the United States Secret Service. The biography traces his life as it converged with several remarkable episodes in history. Readers will follow Gittens’ journey from his humble beginnings to his place at the crest of power in Washington and Moscow. His story paints a striking portrait of a world recovering from the horrors of the Second World War, an America wracked by violence and division yet hoping for change and, most importantly, a triumphant testament of the unwavering human spirit.

Compelling, insightful and, ultimately, inspiring, “OUT FROM THE SHADOW” explores through the struggles and triumphs of Gittens the price of freedom, the essence of courage and the power of hope.

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About the Author
Maurice Butler was born and raised in northwest Washington DC. He is a proud product of DC public schools, having graduated from Cardozo High School and Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME). He served as a DC public school teacher, varsity coach and administrator for thirty-five years most of which was at Theodore Roosevelt High School. He has been happily married to Patricia J. Butler for thirty-three years and has two sons, Steven and Cardell. His desire to write and publish resulted from his affiliation with the DC Area Writing Project, which is the local site for the National Writing Project.

OUT FROM THE SHADOW * by Maurice A. Butler
The Story of Charles L. Gittens Who Broke the Color Barrier in the United States Secret Service
Publication Date: September 13, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 237 pages; 978-1-4797-0831-4
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 237 pages; 978-1-4797-0832-1

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