Maple Heights resident drove Dr. King to and from church every Sunday as a college student

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio - A Maple Heights resident, who will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in the nation's capital, once drove Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to and from his Montgomery, Alabama church.

"He never sat in the backseat with me," said Clarence Bozeman. "He always sat up front with me. He did not want to give the illusion that he was being chauffeured. He was very conscious of that."

Bozeman, who is now 77 years old, recalled driving Dr. King when he was 21 years old. He accepted the part-time job through his church, Dexter Baptist in Montgomery. It's the same church where Dr. King preached.

"I never thought that was a big deal working with him," said Bozeman who took the job to earn extra money as a college student at Alabama State University.

To Dr. King, Bozeman was always Dr. Bozeman. To Bozeman, it was always Dr. King. Together, they had a cordial relationship.

"We would talk about the movement, we would talk about race relations," he added.

Bozeman, who's a retired principal from Shaw High School in East Cleveland, departed Friday night for Washington.

"I'm just full of anticipation and on a euphoric high," said Bozeman.

There's a rally, march and festival planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary and Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

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