Viola Davis took home one of the biggest awards at the 2015 Emmy Awards, but it was her words that made the victory that much more special.
The actress won her first Emmy for her role in How to Get Away With Murder. Not only was this Davis’ first Emmy nomination and win, but it also marked the first time a black actress won in this category.
Davis approached the stage to accept her award, nearly in tears. She began by quoting 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.”
She continued with her own words, “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.” The 50-year-old actress continued by thanking writers in the industry who have given her and all actresses the chance to shine as leading women on-screen.
Davis has received an outpouring of love and support via social media for her historic moment from stars including Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rimes, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Watch the full empowering speech above!