Actress Julia Roberts says that when she was born, her parents could not afford the hospital fees after delivery. According to the actress, the person who paid off the loan was black activist Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta King.
Julia recounted an interesting story when interviewed by Gayle King for History Talks. “My parents had a drama school in Atlanta, and one day Coretta Scott King called my mom and asked if her kids could attend the school because they were having trouble finding a place that would accept them,” she began.
“My mom said, ‘Sure, come on.’ And everyone became friends and they got us out of a tough situation.” The interviewer recalled, “In the 1960s, there were no black kids hanging out with white kids in drama schools.”
Martin Luther King was an American preacher and political activist who became an icon for promoting the nonviolent struggle for civil rights. King was assassinated in 1968.
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