WATCH: Martin Luther King's chauffeur shares memories

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 20, 2014 

Tom Houck got a very particular view of Martin Luther King Jr. — from the driver's seat, where Houck worked as the reverend's chauffeur and assistant for almost a year.

In "Driving the King," a new video for The Washington Post's PostTV, Houck takes a tour of Atlanta, where King lived and worked. He also shares his experiences with the family in the middle of one of America's most important, and volatile, moments.

"At 19, Tom got a front seat to history," the video begins, in part. Houck's tour with the WaPo team includes stops at an old American Legion ("Dr. King wouldn't let his hair hang out, so to speak, have a beer with the guys and the staff") and a favorite jazz club, as well as Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Houck even shares a Freedom Parkway Fun Fact: the road now runs through the site of an old King homestead.

As the video's voiceover reminds us, King's name is marked all over the city where he was born and raised, but his effect was equally lasting on the people around him. "He was a great driver — had a heavy foot," Houck said.

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