Welcome to the Week!
Two speeches from last night’s Emmy awards presentation touched and inspired me: those from Tracy Morgan and Viola Davis.
Morgan, in a triumphant return onstage, presented the Emmy for best drama. Before doing so, he gave powerful remarks about where he is now after the tragic accident last year that took the life of his friend, James McNair and left him with severe, life-threatening injuries–including brain injury. Poignant, funny, even a bit ribald, he made good on his promise to come back.
I’m here. Standing on my own two feet. –Tracy Morgan
And, in a moving and historic moment: Davis’ acceptance speech.
(Begins at the 2:09 mark.)
Last night Davis became the first African American to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama. (Sidenote: She’s been one of my long-time favorite actors, ever since her role in the Pentagon Wars.) And I am likely on safe ground to declare that she’s likely the first Emmy winner to quote Harriet 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.’ That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. —Viola Davis, quoting Harriet Tubman
But what’s most important–and triumphant? That Black women are making it to the line, and over it.
I hope both sets of remarks touch and inspire you not only today and this week, but also on the days when it seems to be a long, tough slog toward living your dreams and achieving your goals.
I’m here. WE’RE here! Now let’s get to work.