A Brief History Of Viola Davis’ Inspiring Speeches

Last night, when Viola Davis made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama, she gave an appropriately epic speech. The actress, who won for the Shonda Rhimes juggernaut How to Get Away With Murder, used her time at the podium to move us, inspire us, and call Hollywood out on the BS that holds women of color back. Classic Viola. 

Her Emmy win might have been a first, but Davis has always used her acceptance speeches as an opportunity to drop some serious insights and challenges. Here are some of our favorite Davis acceptance moments to help rally you this Monday morning:

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