Viola Davis made history on Sunday night when she took home the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series, becoming the first black woman to ever capture this award. Davis plays the role of a criminal law professor Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder. Her stellar performance gave her thr bragging rights of her first nomination and win.
Davis began her very emotional speech by quoting words once spoken by 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.”
With the camera paning to a teary eyed Kerry Washington and Taraji Henson who stands to her feet, Davis continues her speech of acceptance by expressing words that became almost immediately viral, “The only thing that seperates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”