By Godfrey Lee
The Performing Stars of Marin on Feb. 4 hosted an exclusive screening of Red Tails, with a red carpet event to bring 250 middle and high school students to see the movie and meet Tuskegee Airmen and several women who represented Marinship workers in World War II.
The event was sponsored by the Marin Community Foundation, with other supporters, including Kate Sears, Marin County Board of Supervisors and individual donors.
Festivities were kicked off with a luncheon for the honorees held at the Outback Steakhouse in Marin City. Afterward, the airmen and their families were escorted to the theater by the California Highway Patrol, Sausalito Police Department and motorcycle groups, including the Patriot Guards, Head Hunters and the 415 Classic Car Club.
The young people were from organizations throughout Marin County and the Eastbay. Before attending they had learned about the history of the Tuskegee Airmen from a curriculum provided at www.teamredtails.org.
The sold out crowd of 400 included families and friends of the five Tuskegee Airmen who attended the screening: Captain Leslie Williams, Captain Edward Woodward, First Lt. Leroy Gillead, Second Lt. James Goodwin and First Lt. Burl Smith.
Cheryl Jennings, Anchor, ABC7/KGO-TV, was mistress of ceremonies. Lawrence Beaman sang “God Bless America” and “Ole Man River.” The program also included Steve Kinsey, President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors; Dr. Tom Peters, Marin Community Foundation; Dr. Brenda Wade, Heartline Production, Inc.; and Felecia Gaston of Performing Stars of Marin.