Viola Makes History At Emmy Awards, Gives Enthralling Speech

Viola Davis just went back to back.

Last night, at the 67th Emmy Awards, Viola Davis won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, making her the first Black woman ever to take home the award. She was acknowledged for her role as Annalise Keating, the no-nonsense lawyer and professor with a huge secret in Shonda Rhimes‘ hit fall series How To Get Away With Murder.

After accepting the award and getting a huge hug from Taraji P. Henson, Viola took the stage and delivered yet another jarring speech–similar to the one she gave after winning the same award at Screen Actors Guild in January–this time quoting Harriet Tubman, and thanking several notable Black actresses and producers by name. Watch it above.

 

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