Viola Davis just keeps winning and making us all beam with pride. Having recently won an Academy Awards for her amazing performance in “Fences”, she has now been honored as Harvard University’s 2017 ‘Artist of the Year’.
The actress was presented the honor at Harvard’s Cultural Rhythms Festival, where she detailed her journey:
“I spent so many years at Juilliard just wanting to beat somebody up. I think it was the height of my anger; that chip on my shoulder. I’m still trying to take care of that chip on my shoulder, by the way. It was mainly because I felt my voice as an artist was being stifled. Art, it’s a very sacred place, the stage and the screen. Because really, at the end of the day, even what I do as an artist, when I channel characters and people and their stories and those moments in their lives that we sometimes hide, that we feel like is just our mess, our shame. I want people to be seen. I want them to feel less alone … Your job as an audience is to bear witness. To come open and willing to transform.” – Viola Davis
Check out her speech: