Award-winning actress Viola Davis was the keynote speaker at Friday's annual Destiny Awards.

The program was held in the Snyder Activity Center at St. Philip's School & Community Center, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The fundraiser that helps support the South Dallas private school's education and social service programs sold out some time before her appearance.

Davis participated in a live, moderated interview. Last year, she won the Emmy for her starring role in ABC's How to Get Away With Murder, becoming the first black actress to win the best actress Emmy and quite possibly giving one of the ceremony's most stirring speeches. Ever.

The Oscar nominee (The Help) is no stranger to these parts nor this type of endeavor. In 2014, she spoke at a fundraiser for the Foundation for Education of Young Women and Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School.

In an interview with me before that appearance, she said that the students' experiences echoed her own.

"I was the first generation of my family to go to school, to complete college," she said then. "I came from abject poverty, and I had goals and dreams that were much bigger than my circumstances.

"[Students] are looking for, number one, physical manifestation of who they are and who they want to be. I don't mind being considered a role model. I'm going to do what is at my hand to do: come in, inspire ... and help to raise money."

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