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Watch Viola Davis's Speech as First Woman Of Color to Win 'Outstanding Actress' Emmy

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Viola Davis made history on Sunday evening as the first woman of color to ever win Outstanding Actress in a drama series for her role in How to Get Away with Murder.

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“’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,” she said in her acceptance speech. “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.”

Davis is currently set to star in an HBO biopic about Tubman, the activist who helped slaves escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

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Watch the complete speech below.


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I CRIED, next to Lupita’s speech at the Oscars I feel so validated and represented. I’m glad I get to grow up with all these woc as role models. Viola is the reason I keep growing out my natural hair.