Former Tuskegee Airman named recipient of King Jr. Humanitarian Award
ROME, N.Y. - Westmoreland resident and former Tuskegee Airman Herbert Thorpe has been named the 2013 recipient of the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. Thorpe will receive the honor on Monday, January 21 during New York State’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance at 10 a.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Roslyn Brock, chair of the NAACP National Board of Directors, will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Thorpe, 90, has served his country and community in the truest sense of the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day theme: “Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Dream for Our World.” “I always felt that if there was something I could do to help, if there was someone who needed some kind of service, I would do it, and I would do it as well as possible. I always keep in mind what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, that if you can help someone along the way your living would not be in vain,” he said.