I was “thrilled” to catch a wonderful performance of #Fly -> by Ricardo Khan & Trey Ellis
“Fly” ✈️ is a staged reading about the first black pilots 🛫🛫🛫🛫in the United States 🇺🇸 military –also known as the #Tuskegee airmen.
The play uses four characters– Chet, from Harlem, W.W., from Chicago; Oscar, from Iowa; and J. Allen, originally from the West Indies… who represent the varied backgrounds of the men who went through Tuskegee’s training. Not all graduating from flight school… or…surviving the war.
The first African-American pilots were part of the 332nd Fighter Group of the United States Army Air Forces. These pilots were known as the “Tuskegee Airmen” because the name was taken from TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA… location of the training school where they earned their wings.
A tap griot –accented the production with the artistic #expression of #dance !!!
Other members of the outstanding cast of “Fly” include:
Robert Karma Robinson
The show took place Saturday, March 11,2017…at (nmaahc) — The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC in the #oprahwinfrey #theater @nmaahc
The “Fly” stage cast members also perform year round for schools, and other special presentations all across the world!
I’m very GLAD that TUSKEGEE AIRMEN have been HONORED in so many ways over the years…
They experienced tremendous hardships to qualify for the flight program…graduate… and faithfully serve in the segregated armed forces.
These men were sharp, smart and went over and beyond the call of duty to prove themselves… in each and every mission.
A conversation with the cast, and playwrights..followed the staged reading.
Two distinguished Tuskegee airmen attended the performance of “Fly” at NMAAHC…and were celebrated with a standing ovation from the audience.
In addition to films, and plays… Tuskegee airman have been honored with numerous awards, special locations named in their honor… and even a float in the Rosebowl parade!
There are lots of other great documentaries, theatrical films, and historic videos available on TUSKEGEE AIRMEN.
You can also 💤 zoooom ✈️ into your local bookstore…and read MORE about these great American Heroes! Plenty of 📚 Books are out there… just waiting to land in your lap!
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