Viola Davis just became the first Black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series.
Upon her Emmy win, the “How to Get Away With Murder” actress moved the audience to tears with a very compelling speech.
Davis also made mention to a list of Black actress whom she wanted to share her moment with; two of which, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson, were sitting in the audience and teary-eyed.
Here’s Davis’ full speech.
“In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how,” she said.
She then thanked “people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black,” before recognizing other actresses of color, including Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union.
“Thank you for taking us over that line,” she told them. – ABC News
“How to Get Away With Murder” premiere this Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 10|9c on ABC.