Viola Davis Makes History as First Black Woman to Win Lead Actress Emmy

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History was made on September 20th during the 67th annual Emmy Awards when Viola Davis became the first black woman to take home the Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy. Davis was awarded this Emmy for her role as Professor Annalise Keating on the popular drama series How to Get Away with Murder.

Davis was immediately hugged by Taraji P. Henson on her way to the stage, whom she later thanked, along with other actresses of color such as Kerry Washington and Halle Berry for “taking us over that line.”

Viola Davis opened her acceptance speech by quoting Harriet Tubman: “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…

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