ACADEMY AWARD winning actress Halle Berry has featured in a controversial TV advert outlining what might have happened to black people if civil rights hero Martin Luther King had not spoken out.

The Bond girl is seen in the shocking ad entering a restaurant that still segregates black and white diners, and Halle and her friends are ushered to a discrete area labelled "coloured section". She waves at friends as she passes tables packed with white people.

A spokesperson for the campaign group behind the ads says, "The commercial acts as a stark reminder of the importance of the civil rights leader.

"It is designed to show what life might be like these days if Martin Luther King had not made his contribution."

11/05/2003 14:22