Tom Houck was just 19 years old when he became Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal aide and driver. More than 50 years later, Houck is still driving to Atlanta’s historic civil rights sites, but now it’s primarily for tourists.
Today, Houck’s civil rights tours of Atlanta are a popular draw for students and people who want to learn more about the city’s rich past. A period in time that Houck experienced first hand.
“I would take my friends around and everybody was saying ‘Tom, you should be doing a tour.’ So I looked into it and there weren’t really any good ones out there. So I decided I would put together a tour,” Houck told WABE in 2016.
According to the tour’s website, stops include:
- King’s last house
- Magnolia Ballroom
- Morehouse College
- Rush Memorial Church
- South View Cemetery
- SCLC & SNCC Freedom house and King’s old house
- Auburn Avenue
- King Center & King Crypt
- King Memorial
- Ebenezer Baptist Church
- King Birthplace
- Edgewood Avenue – Sweet Auburn Market
- State Capitol & City Hall
Note: Photos attached to this story were taken in 2016.