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VIDEO: Viola Davis brings Kerry Washington to tears in emotional acceptance speech

'The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity,' the actress after accepting her Best Actress gong
Posted: 21/09/2015 10:21 AM
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US STAR Viola Davis made Emmy Award history by becoming the first black woman to take home the best actress in a drama gong for her role in How to Get Away With Murder.

In one of the most emotional moments from this year's Emmy Awards, Davis gave an outstanding speech after becoming the first black actress to win the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama.

Davis, who plays powerful law professor Annalise Keating on ABC's hit series How to Get Away with Murder - created by Shonda Rhimes - has already won a Screen Actors Guild award for her performance on the show.

While accepting the prestigious award, Davis' powerful speech moved audience members, including actress Kerry Washington, to tears, the Mail Online reported.

"In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn't reach them no-how," Davis said, quoting Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech.

"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."

An emotional Davis continued by thanking the other actresses of coloyr, including Washington, Halle Berry, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union and fellow nominee Taraji P Henson.