By MILTON DAVIS

Special to the Tuskegee News

My wife and I approached the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) with much anticipation and joy last Saturday evening reveling in the spectacle of the venue itself while we eagerly awaited the portrayal of the epic story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

I personally knew many of them and grew up as a child and young adult in their midst in Tuskegee.

The audience was filled with so many people who had the same experience and anticipation as I. These young men were gallant, eloquent and strong in real life and having seen them depicted on the motion picture screen, I wondered how they would be captured on a live stage production.

Opening night at ASF captured all of the emotion and passion of the audience and translated it onto the stage with remarkable characterizations that brought to life the heroic contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen to America as well as their own vulnerabilities as young men in a hostile environment.

All citizens should celebrate the legacy and history of the Tuskegee Airmen by attending this production and bringing as many young people with you as possible to see the production FLY.

The play indeed soars with emotion, excitement and entertainment. It is a must see production for everyone.

Milton C. Davis is a lawyer who grew up in Tuskegee and serves as the City of Tuskegee’s attorney. He also helped defray the cost for students in the Macon County School District attend a production of FLY.

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