During the early 1960s in a segregated Chicago, white limousine drivers refused to accommodate African American VIPs. Consequently, if these black dignitaries needed an escort, they would use limousines from funeral homes to move about the city. When Martin Luther King Jr. came to Chicago in 1962, civil rights leader Edwin Berry asked A.R. Leak, a local funeral director, if King could be chauffeured with a limousine. Leak's son, Spencer, “begged” his father to allow him to drive the already famous King. Spencer Leak Sr. was only 25 years old when he began to escort King to rallies, speeches and demonstrations throughout the city. Leak was King’s driver from 1962 to 1966.