Viola Davis Makes Emmy Awards History And Gives The Most Inspiring Speech

Last night, the annual Emmys Awards took place, and what a momentous evening it was for the stars of television! “Game Of Thrones” led the pack last night with a whopping 24 nominations, which paved the way for a night of history making. As the night’s proceedings went into full swing, we saw some of our favorite sitcoms and TV series receive great wins, some of which included the hit Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black,” “House Of Cards,” and “Mad Men.”

“How To Get Away With Murder” made a historic win as Viola Davis became the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for the role of Lead Actress In A Drama Series. Viola’s win was an extremely emotional one for the actress and her acceptance speech was nothing short of amazing. She was a burning force of inspiration and her energy permeated the entire room. Her words gave admirable credits to actresses like Taraji P Henson and Kerry Washington, who were also seated in the audience, moving them immediately to tears.

Viola has acted in many profound roles through her acting career but her Emmy win stands as the actresses biggest achievement to date.

Here is the speech that dominated all speeches that night.

Her speech was so profound and powerful because she quoted Harriet Tubman:

In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how.

She continued:

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.

Congratulations Viola Davis! She definitely deserved this prestigious award, and she has broken down barriers for African-American actresses across the country.

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Keziah Lendor
Keziah Lendor is a fashion stylist and freelance writer who was born, raised and perfected on the Caribbean Isles of Trinidad and Tobago. Being from the Caribbean has added a lot of cultured dimension to her work in fashion. Having taken the route of a fashion-focused entrepreneurial life, Keziah journals her vast experiences and love for art, fashion, culture and life on her blog (Kezblogs.com).