Viola Davis Makes History with Emmy Win

Viola DavisLast night at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards, actress Viola Davis made history when she won the coveted Best Actress in a Drama Series award for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC?s ?How to Get Away with Murder.?

Davis is the first African American actress to win the award.

Upon accepting her prize, she quoted Harriet Tubman in an empowering speech about the lack of opportunities for women of color.

“In my dreams, I see a line. 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 said.

Co-created by show runner Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal), the television show, which aired in 2014, has been signed for another exciting season beginning later this month. ?

Other African American women who won awards included Regina King, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for her role in “American Crime;” and Uzo Aduba, who won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in “Orange is the New Black.”

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