ATLANTA (WXIA) -- As the nation celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Duffie Dixon with 11Alive News sat down with someone who was not only a driver of the civil rights leader but also a friend.
Tom Houck met King when Houck was just a teenager.
"I hadn't even finished high school. I could have, but I feel I learned so much more being a part of the civil rights movement and watching and listening to Dr. King," said Houck.
Houck quickly became a regular at the King home playing with the children and many times driving Dr. King and the family.
For Houck and others who knew King the annual holiday in his name is bittersweet.
"Dr. King would want people to celebrate his life, not mourn his death," said Houck.