This Week In Black History Pt.2: Viola Davis

Born in South Carolina on August 11,  Viola Davis is an actress that many people, especially young,  ladies look up to. She is well known for her outstanding performances in not just television but also film and even theater (Broadway and off-Broadway). Mrs. Davis attended Rhode Island College where she majored in theater and was also awarded an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts.

Not only did Viola Davis major in theater in Rhode Island, she also attended the well-known performing arts school Julliard where she was a member of the Drama Division “Group 22”. Today, Viola Davis is known for her great acting in the television series How to Get Away with Murder as the main character Annalise Keating.

Out of the 167 nominations that Mrs. Davis has she has won 80 of them. Her first award was the Theater World Award that happened in 1195 for her acting in Seven Guitars.

With being the amazing actress that she is, Viola Davis has become the first of many things. One being the first black woman of any nationality to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. As of Sunday at the 89th  Academy Awards, Viola Davis made a new record and became the second  African-American to accomplish the Triple Crown of Acting which is to win awards in the Emmy, Tony, and Academy Awards alongside Whoopi Goldberg.

She also became the first black woman in history to be nominated for three Academy Awards.

Viola Davis has raised and donated money to a high school in her hometown, Central Fall, Rhode Island and also the city’s library. She also is married and has a daughter whom she adopted when she was a newborn.