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Congratulations to Viola Davis: Read Her Speech

Whether you watched the Emmy’s or not, you need to read what Viola Davis said upon making history as the first Black woman to win the lead actress in a dramatic series category.  We sat there and typed it to make good and damn sure that you take in the gravity of the stand she took.  Tell a friend.

 

“‘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 nohow.  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.

[audience applause]

You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that have… Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it is to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be Black.

And to all 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. Thank you for the television academy.”