Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph made history Monday night, as she won her first Emmy Award. This was her first nomination.
The 65-year-old, who is the daughter of late Jamaican fashion designer Ivy Ralph, became the second Black woman to win the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. This for her role as Barbara, a religious kindergarten teacher on ABC’s breakout sitcom Abbott Elementary.
While accepting her Emmy, she gave a rather motivational and emotional speech,
“To anyone, who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t come true — I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like,” she said to applause.
“This is what striving looks like. And don’t you ever ever give up on you.”
The actress thanked her co-star and “Abbott Elementary” creator, Quinta Brunson, for her support, as well as her husband and their children.