MLK’s driver on spending time with Dr. King

Tom Houck was the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s chauffeur and assistant for nearly a year. Houck takes The Post on a tour of Atlanta to show a more personal side of the civil rights icon. (Gabe Silverman/The Washington Post)

Like many young activists in the 1960s, Tom Houck idolized Martin Luther King Jr. But unlike most of them, he got to know King and his family intimately.

Houck was King’s driver and personal assistant for nearly a year. He recently gave PostTV’s Gabe Silverman a tour of some of the spots King frequented, and shared some of the memories of his personal time with him.

Houck, who is white, grew up in Massachusetts before moving to Florida as a teenager. He got his first taste of organizing when he tried petitioning his high school to change its name: It was named after Nathan B. Forrest, the Confederate general who helped create the Klu Klux Klan.  The effort ultimately got him kicked out of school.  So he joined the civil rights movement, making his way to Atlanta in 1966.

Houck is currently working on a memoir, “Driving Dr. King.”

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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