Viola Davis, Breaking Down Barriers with Emmy Win for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Written by Jae Jones

Millions of people watched Sunday night as made history. She is the first woman to win an Emmy for outstanding actress in a drama series. It was a powerful and moving moment, one that all Black women rejoiced and celebrated with Davis. However, it was the second history-making moment of the night, the nomination of lead actress, with Taraji P. Henson’s nomination, was actually the first time in history that “more than one woman of color” was considered for the award at the same time. It was truly the night for “women of color” to shine. Those who were watching saw that when Viola Davis’ name was announced, Taraji Henson was the first to jump to her feet congratulate her and share in one of the greatest achievement for Black women of all time. Davis acknowledged that roles for Black women are very scarce in Hollywood.

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,” she said.  

It was a moment that Black women will remember and talk about for a long time. There were many other great wins for African-Americans during the night, but Davis’ will remain unforgettable. Watch Viola Davis’ speech below. It was a beautiful moment in history.


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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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