I don’t know her but I am now dying to meet this woman one day. Viola Davis is one inspirational black woman that matters for black womanhood anywhere. It so rare to see us, yes, black women uplifting each other, sharing the spotlight with each other, even giving a little advice here and there without being condescending. But this woman, Viola Davis is a class act and her Emmy speech last night spoke volumes to my soul that I felt that I ought to celebrate this woman, why, because all women, no matter the color, should celebrate each other like she did. Emmy’s was her time to shine and she could have thanked all her family members for helping her achieve this feat and lord knows that would have been okay, because we don’t know the many tears she has cried, the many disappointments or failure she has experienced.
Her family does and thanking them for everything would have been excellent. But not Viola Davis. She choose the road less traveled and evoked Harriet Turban, spoke the names of her fellow black actresses and explicitly celebrated black womanhood for the entire world to see. Here is the speech in it’s entirety, one worth celebrating and framing if you are a black woman anywhere.
“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’
That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And 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. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.
And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy. Thank you.”