Both Regina King and Uzo Aduba honored Breonna Taylor during their acceptance speeches at the 2020 Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
While accepting the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in “Watchmen,” King wore a Phenomenal Woman T-shirt that featured Taylor’s face as well as the phrase “SAY HER NAME.”
In her speech, King urged fans to vote in the upcoming election.
“Gotta vote. I would be remiss not to mention that… Have a voting plan. Go to Ballotpedia.com. Vote up the ballot, please… It is very important. Be a good human,” she said while holding her Emmy.
“Rest in power, RBG,” King concluded, referencing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away from metastatic pancreas cancer on Friday.
While accepting the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy for her portrayal of Shirley Chisholm — the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first Black candidate to receive a presidential nomination from a major party — Uzo wore a black tee that featured Taylor’s name.
“Let’s go change the world,” the “Mrs. America” star said at the end of her speech.
After her win, Uzo spoke to People about how playing Chisholm inspired her to speak up for individuals “who have been forgotten.”
“Shirley Chisholm was a trailblazer and a champion for those who had been forgotten and left behind, and those who had no voice where they should. It feels especially touching to bring her story to light, and the stories of those who have not been heard,” she said.
“Having been able to take space playing a woman who did something remarkable and who stood up for the people who are most voiceless in our society and who have not been championed,” she continued. “It felt like, in this time, I didn’t want to leave what’s happening outside. I want to bring the world in and represent and speak for those who have been forgotten.”
Last week, the city of Louisville, Kentucky, agreed to pay $12 million to Taylor’s family for her March 13 killing.
Additionally, the city promised to enact police reforms, including how warrants are handled by law enforcement.
The three white police officers who fatally shot Taylor in her own apartment have yet to be arrested and/or charged for her murder.