18 Black Actresses Who Broke Barriers & Won Major Awards (PHOTOS)

How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis's recent Best Actress Emmy win meant one of Hollywood's top women had to rearrange an award shelf already crowded with two Tonys and three Screen Actors' Guild statuettes, among others. But it also marked a breakthrough for all African-American actresses, since she's the first to win in the category!

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Historically undervalued in Hollywood, black actresses have steadily chipped away at the barriers that have tried to keep them from exploring the breadth of their potential. Click through to see 20 black actresses who broke barriers and won major awards. 

 

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