Rev. Eugene S. Callender: Nobody Is A Nobody - Page 2
His good friend Alex Haley, under the Reverend’s persistent encouragement, wrote the Autobiography of Malcolm X. “Alex wrote most of the book in my house and rang up an eight hundred dollar telephone bill. He offered to pay me several times but I wouldn’t take the money.” Rev. Callender recalled.
Rev. Callender has served as an aid to Presidents John. F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. He campaigned for Robert F. Kennedy for President in 1968. President Clinton expressed appreciation and honored Rev. Callender for over 50 years of service to the country.
Today, the good Reverend is retired but will still perform a lecture at various schools. He is a modest man despite the impact that he has made – and let us face the quite obvious fact that he is vastly underrated for his accomplishments. However, when asked how he was doing on a beautiful summer Saturday afternoon, his congenial response of “Not bad for an old man,” is fitting. As long as Rev. Callender has God, he’s definitely not doing badly at all.
It was during an event he had attended where one of his good friends Lynne Twist leaned towards him and said – “Gene Callender, why don’t you write a book?” He admits that he has never found himself to be an author or a writer, however, it was obviously meant to be.
Nobody Is a Nobody, co-written by Lorena Rostig and George Zdravecky, is a Rev. Callender describes it – “A large compilation of all my activities from the time I was born up to now.”
Let’s take a small look back, it’s the 1950s and Rev. Callender is on the brink of making some headway in civil right history.
Rev. Callender recalls his favorite among many achievements in which his hard work within the community has brought benefits to countless people.Continued on the next page