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Viola Davis Made History at the Emmys, But the Best Part Was Her Powerful Speech

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Viola Davis won the Emmy for lead actress in a drama on How To Get Away With Murder, and it wasn't just a sign of the incredible success creator Shonda Rhimes continues to have - it was also the first win for an African-American woman in the category in the history of the Emmys.
Opening her speech with an evocative quote from Harriet Tubman, Davis quickly got to the point of why it's taken this long for a black woman to win the award.
"Let me tell you something.
The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," she said.
Her outspokenness shouldn't come as a surprise: Davis has always been vocal about the limited opportunities she and her fellow colleagues of color have had, and to a great extent still have, as working black actresses.

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