The Emmy awards which felicitated some of the best talents of the television industry, gave the best actress drama award to the well-deserved Viola Davis for ABC?s How to Get Away With Murder.
While giving her acceptance speech the actress said, ?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.?
Davis thanked several other actresses of color, including fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson, who the actress embraced as she walked up to the stage.
Wow! That was one inspiring speech.
Some of the fans even took on to Twitter to congratulate the actress. Here are some of the tweets:
Say it again for the folk on the back pew, Viola!https://t.co/FmUfqnr1qc
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) September 21, 2015