Viola Davis has made history during the 67th annual Emmy Awards (that many year’s and this is the 1st), becoming the first black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.
In her acceptance, speech – she quoted 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. I can’t seem to get over that line. 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.”
This country, this world has a history of hatred, an unwanting for people of color to shine the way God intended. Viola Davis is Black Excellence, she is a shining light in a world of darkness.