|The 1st first African-American to win an Emmy for ‘Best actress in a drama.|
Annalise Keating on ABC’s ‘How to Get Away with Murder’, created by Peter Nowalk.
During her acceptance speech, she said:
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 color from anyone else is opportunity.
'You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.' Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy.' Davis, who is a graduate from the prestigious Juilliard School, concluded.
An emotional Davis continued on by thanking the other actresses of color, including Washington, Halle Berry, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union and fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson.