One of Brown’s possible Lecture Board speakers for Spring 2016 is Viola Davis, and if you don’t know who she is, where have you been? Have you seen her daughter’s amazing Viola Davis Halloween costume?
Davis is an American Actress known for her starring roles in The Help and Shonda Rhimes’ hit show How to Get Away with Murder. She’s accumulated quite a few awards over the years: she won a Tony award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in King Hedley II and for Best Actress in a Play for Fences, along with an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance as Aibileen Clark in The Help and a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 2008’s Doubt.
Most notably, she was the first African American woman to receive an Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series, which she won for her role in How to Get Away with Murder. She has spoken out about the opportunities for women of color in the media, and her Emmy win has come to symbolize a significant moment for diversity in Hollywood. In 2012, Time named her one of their 100 Most Influential People.