Viola Davis Makes History Wins Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Watch Video of Viola Davis Acceptance Speech. This talented actress Becomes the First Black Woman to Win Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy Award – Written by: Nikki Kouture
Entertainment Weekly reports: Viola Davis has made history during Sunday’s 67th annual Emmy Awards, 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.
Joel Brown WTVD shared the transcript of Viola’s speech via his Facebook page.
HERE’S THE TRANSCRIPT OF VIOLA’S SPEECH:
‘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.’
That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And 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.
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. Thank you to the Television Academy. Thank you.
– Viola Davis
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