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"The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else, is opportunity": Watch Viola Davis' powerful Emmys acceptance speech

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Last night, actress Viola Davis made history by becoming the first ever African-American woman to win the Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama.

The star won the award for her role in How to Get Away With Murder and gave an emotional acceptance speech at the 67th Emmy Awards:

 

Viola accepting her award

Viola accepting her award

"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," she told a packed auditorium in LA. "That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s.

"And let me tell you something, the only thing that separates women of colour 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 – 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 women, to be black.

And to the to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharie​s, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union, thank you for taking us over that line."

Watch the actress' stirring speech, below.

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