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Emmys 2015: Viola Davis breaks new ground with win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Viola Davis just won the Emmy for lead actress in a drama on How To Get Away With Murder, and it wasn't just a sign of the incredible success creator Shonda Rhimes continues to have it was also the first win for an African-American woman in the category in the history of the Emmys. It followed Uzo Aduba's win for best supporting actress earlier in the evening.

Opening her speech with an evocative quote from Harriet Tubman, Davis quickly got to the point of why it's taken this long for a black woman to win the award. "Let me tell you something. The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," she said. "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."

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