Among those who picked up awards at Saturday night’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, 2017 was director, writer and producer, Ava DuVernay.
Four Emmys went to the 45-year-old’s docu, 13th and she stole the show with her powerful acceptance speech.
In the speech, DuVernay discussed the racial oppression highlighted in her documentary.
It was a beautiful process, but it was an emotional process to steep yourself in. I want to thank, and think about tonight the hundreds of thousands of families who are waiting for their loved ones to come home. Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, who don’t know where their loved one is. Unsung heroes of a struggle that has not a lot to do with them, but has a lot to do with how they live each day. It’s nights like these when you are able to amplify a story with this kind of attention that make me happy. This is an evergreen story. It’s ongoing. It wasn’t just something that we dropped last year. It shouldn’t be forgotten. There are still 2.3 million people behind bars. We over-incarcerate in this country — the most incarcerated nation in the world. Now, more than ever, it’s important for people who believe in a different way of policing and criminal justice to make our voices heard.