Viola Davis becomes 1st African-American to win Emmy
Viola Davis made history by becoming the first African-American to win the leading actor in a drama category at Emmy for her role of a defense lawyer in How to Get Away with Murder” and hoped that her award will help create more opportunities for people of colour.
In an impassioned speech, 50-year-old Davis quoted humanitarian Harriet Tubman and paid tribute to other African-American actresses, like Halle Berry, Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union. “Let me tell you something. The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” said Davis as an emotional Washington and Taraji P Henson looked on from the audience. Davis has already won a SAG Award for her performance.