Viola Davis Makes History With Her Win At The 2015 Emmy’s

During Sunday’s 67th annual Emmy Awards, Viola Davis made history with her win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.  Davis is the first black actress to win this award.

During her acceptance speech, Davis recited a quote from Harriet Tubman, while saluting fellow female actresses who have also paved the way:

“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no-how. I can’t seem to get over that line,” Davis said, quoting Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech. “Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. Davis continues, “So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods. To Gabrielle Union. Thank you for taking us over that line.”

An emotional Davis went on to thank many other actresses of color:

“So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods. To Gabrielle Union. Thank you for taking us over that line.”

 

View the heartfelt acceptance speech below.

 

 

 

Ebony Aalayah attended The Art Institute of Atlanta where she studied Fashion/Retail Management. She is currently the Editor for Bombshell by Bleu. Follow her on IG @ebonyaalayah

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