In a current dialog with CBS News reporter Gayle King for the History Channel, actor Julia Roberts revealed that late civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and his spouse, Coretta Scott King, who have been shut buddies of her dad and mom, paid the hospital invoice for her beginning.
“The King family paid for my hospital bill… Martin Luther King and Coretta,” Roberts instructed Gayle King, according to Insider.
The dialog from late September, which was a part of a collection known as “HISTORYTalks” held in Washington, D.C., went viral Friday when Zara Rahim, a former strategic adviser to President Barack Obama, tweeted the interview clip to rejoice the actor’s fifty fifth birthday.
“One day Coretta called my mother and asked if her kids could be part of the school because they were having a hard time finding a place that would accept her kids,” Roberts instructed King. “My mom was like, ‘Sure, come on over,’ and so they all just became friends.”
Roberts mentioned her dad and mom, Walter and Betty Lou Roberts, ran the Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta earlier than she was born in 1967. Segregation saved the civil rights chief’s daughters from attending white colleges — and even their entry in a theater faculty sparked violence.
The Ku Klux Klan blew up a automotive exterior the varsity after Yolanda, the eldest King daughter, was forged in a play during which she kissed Philip DePoy, a white actor, who chronicled the terrifying incident of home terrorism in an essay for ARTS ATL in 2013.
“I kissed a girl, and 10 yards away, a Buick exploded,” wrote DePoy. “… The girl was Yolanda King, daughter of Coretta and Martin Luther King Jr. I was primarily Caucasian and Yolanda wasn’t. That’s what the trouble was about. I don’t know who owned the Buick, but I know who blew it up.”
Roberts mentioned the Kings “helped us out of a jam” when her dad and mom couldn’t afford to pay the hospital invoice for her beginning on Oct. 28, 1967, in Smyrna, Georgia. She by no means stopped being vocal about racial injustice and instructed Rolling Stone in 1990 that her city was “horribly racist” and a “living hell,” according to The New York Times.
“In the ’60s, you didn’t have little Black children interacting with little white kids in an acting school, and your parents were like, ‘Come on in,’” King marveled in response to Roberts’ story. “I think that’s extraordinary, and it sort of lays the groundwork for who you are.”