Viola Davis is not the ‘chatty best friend;’ Actress speaks on poverty, racism at Massachusetts Conference for Women

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In front of a crowd of nearly 12,000 people in Boston, Viola Davis admitted that she was a bedwetter until the age of 14. 

In poetic fashion, the Oscar-winning actress detailed her disturbing youth: moving from South Carolina to a life of poverty and hunger in Central Falls, Rhode Island where she lived in a condemned, infested building; an alcoholic father who beat his wife; running home from school to escape the eight or nine boys would threaten to throw things at her, telling her, “run you ugly black [n-word].” 

“Running back to poverty. Running back to shame,” Davis said.

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