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Emmys 2015: Viola Davis acceptance speech draws raves

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How to Get Away with Murder star  Viola Davis just became the first black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama at Sunday’s 67th annual Emmy Awards.

“Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said while accepting the award. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” 

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Davis thanked several other actresses of color, including fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson, who the actress embraced as she walked up to the stage.

The achievement was met with a swift outpouring of praise and support on social media, as Oprah, Janet Mock, Gabrielle Union and more took to Twitter with their congratulations. We’ll continue to update as more arrive.