Actress Viola Davis made history at the Emmy Awards Sunday night by becoming the first Black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress In A Drama for ABC’s primetime drama How to Get Away With Murder.
“The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity,” Davis said in her acceptance speech. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
Davis was in competition with five other women for the award including Taraji P. Hensen for her role as “Cookie” on Fox’s Empire.
The Emmy marks another achievement for Davis who has already won two Tony Awards among numerous honors.
Black actress Regina King also was an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for her role in American Crime. Uzo Aduba earned her second Emmy in the won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as “Crazy Eyes” on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.