The actor and producer is determined to increase representation on and off screen through her production company.
"What you have to realize is that those microaggressions happen all the time," the Oscar winner said.
"Not everything is going to be an awards-worthy performance," Davis said of her role in Showtime's "The First Lady."
Viola Davis is receiving mixed reviews for her performance in the new Showtime series.
Viola Davis On Diversity In Hollywood Emmy-winning actress Viola Davis talks about her humble beginnings and her fight to diversify Hollywood amid the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
The series, which explores the inner lives of three former first ladies, also stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt.
Barbra Streisand, Viola Davis, Idina Menzel, Ava DuVernay, Hugh Jackman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more lined up to honor the musical theater legend.
Daniel Kaluuya, the late Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis and Youn Yuh-jung won for roles in “Judas and the Black Messiah," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Minari."
She received an Academy Award Best Actress nod for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."
The singer made her acting debut in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," directed by Lee Daniels.