Why Viola Davis Quoted Harriet Tubman at the Emmys

Viola Davis quoted the famous abolitionist while accepting historic Emmy Award.

— -- It’s the Emmy speech that people are still talking about.

Taking the stage, she opened her speech with a quote from Tubman:

“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.”

"The How To Get Away with Murder" star then pointed out, “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.”

Davis has been busy preparing to play the famed abolitionist, who helped hundreds of slaves reach freedom in the North via the Underground Railroad, in an upcoming HBO film.

The still untitled movie is based on the book "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero" by Kate Clifford Larson. Davis is executive producing the film along with her partner and husband, Julius Tennon.