Tom has been a witness and participant in the civil rights movement from a very young age. His story and his long association with the King family will provide new insights for the tourists - lending a fresh perspective on race in America.
Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) March 18, 2015
The Civil Rights movement, nurtured in Atlanta in the late 1800's and the hub of the Civil Rights movement in the 1900's, is the place that the world views as the citadel of social change in America.
Join Tom Houck, a veteran of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as he takes you to spots in Atlanta where history was made by those who made history. During the time Houck worked for SCLC he was a personal assistant to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and the King family. He served for almost a year as the King's family driver. Houck was also a field organizer (foot soldier) in breaking down the barriers of segregation and Jim Crow laws. He was with the SCLC as a coordinator of the Poor People's Campaign at the time of King's assassination in 1968.
In announcing his new Civil Rights Tour (CRT), Houck said, "This is the first time Atlanta's significant civil rights landmark locations will be shared up-close and personal. In collaboration with Crawford Media, who have produced the video presented on the tour showcasing Civil Rights icons John Lewis, former Mayor and Ambassador Andrew Young and longtime civil rights leader Julian Bond sharing their thoughts on what makes Atlanta special".
Sites visited on the 3-hour tour include:
- The last residence of MLK, where the King children were raised and where Mrs. King greeted world dignitaries after the assassination.
- South-View Cemetery, final resting place of a who's who of Atlanta's African-American community. Including John Wesley Dobbs, Daddy & Mrs. Alberta King, Horace Mann Bond and more recently Atlanta business giants Jesse Hill & Herman Russell.
- Morehouse College, whose famous alumni include Dr. King, Maynard Jackson, Julian Bond, W.E.B. Du Bois, Samuel Jackson and Spike Lee. Morehouse was lead by Dr. Benjamin Mays for nearly a half a century.
- Auburn Avenue & Hunter Street. Once the wealthiest black streets in America, where major decisions on the Civil Rights movement were made.
For three hours you will experience a tour like no other. Every location will evoke a time and period of Civil Rights, including Ralph Abernathy's West Hunter Street Baptist Church, the mural of John Lewis, and the office of SCLC on Auburn where MLK, Abernathy, Andy Young and Hosea Williams developed strategy that changed the world.
John Lewis had this to say about the tour: "Tom has been a witness and participant in the civil rights movement from a very young age. His story and his long association with the King family will provide new insights for tourists and locals alike - lending a fresh perspective on race in America".
Tours will be available to the public starting Friday, March 27, 2015 and tickets will be $65, which includes a voucher to visit the Center for Civil & Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. Book by visiting CivilRightsTour.com.