Viola Davis makes Emmys history, dedicates incredible speech to women of color
Viola Davis just made history
The star of How to Get Away with Murder is the first black woman to win the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama. The newly-minted winner spent the majority of her speech (the entirety of which is transcribed below) talking about diversity.
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” she said during her acceptance speech. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
She started her speech with a quote from Harriet Tubman: “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.” Read more…
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