Julia Roberts Reveals Family Connection to Martin Luther King Jr in History Channel Interview

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 06/16/2024
Julia Roberts shared an unusual birth story with Gayle King for the History Channel's "HISTORYTalks" series. Roberts revealed that her parents, Walter and Betty Lou Roberts, ran the Actors and Writers Workshop, an Atlanta drama school. When Coretta Scott King asked about her children's enrollment options at the school, they all turned into friends and saved them from a difficult situation. Gayle King, who now co-hosts "CBS Mornings," said that in the '60s, little Black children interacting with little White kids in acting school was remarkable and established the foundation for who they are.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an Atlanta-born civil rights advocate, led the campaign to promote the rights of people of color through peaceful demonstrations. The assassination of King Jr. on April 4, 1968, less than six months after Roberts' birth, resulted in a day of national sorrow. The conversation gained widespread attention when business advisor Zara Rahim shared a clip on Twitter in celebration of Roberts' recent birthday. Bernice King, Coretta Scott's youngest daughter and Martin Luther King Jr.'s youngest daughter, tweeted a screenshot of the interview, expressing gratitude for Roberts sharing the story and noting how many people have been amazed by it.

The "HISTORYTalks" series has featured live speeches by well-known speakers, including George and Amal Clooney, former First Lady Laura Bush, and former President George W. Bush.


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