What would Dr. King think of U.S. democracy now?
To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Atlanta Civic Circle asked two keepers of the King Dream, Tom Houck and Clayborne Carson, to share their thoughts on how the slain civil rights leader viewed democracy. This year, the federal holiday comes two days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on January 15. He would have been 93.
Houck had a front seat to history, serving as the driver and personal aide to King and his family from 1966 until his assassination on April 4, 1968. Houck, 74, joined the Civil Rights Movement in 1965, when he was expelled from high school in Jacksonville, Fla. for taking part in the racial justice protest march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Now, he teaches new generations about Dr. King’s legacy through weekly bus tours of Atlanta civil rights landmarks.