I have had a girl crush on Viola Davis for the past ten years as I have watched her career unfold. She is a graduate of Upward Bound and Student Support Services, the two anti-poverty educational programs that I worked for after they helped me escape poverty. To encourage our students, we would show them a collage of famous people who had been in TRIO (the umbrella name for the educational programs).
Viola was always very vocal about her involvement in UB and SSS, so we could proudly put her among our distinguished alumni. Oprah is a TRIO alum, but she’s never claimed it or talked about it. There are former athletes, astronauts, and CEOs on the alumni list for TRIO, but Viola Davis was always my favorite alum. She blew me away in Fences. Sure, Denzel Washington really brought it, but I thought she stole the show. I can’t wait for How to Get Away with Murder to start again. Thanks for writing her such a fitting tribute.