'Driving the King' explores civil rights movement circa 1955

January 21, 2015 1:07 PM

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Birmingham, Ala., November 1945: One of Alabama's favorite sons, rising music star Nat King Cole, returns for a rare hometown performance.

Well, not everyone's favorite, as it turns out. As the show gets underway, Cole - beginning with a number helping an old friend propose to his gal - is attacked onstage by a half-dozen white men. But before they can do any serious damage to Cole, that old friend - a returning soldier named Nat Weary...

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