The actress was named Harvard University’s “Artist of the Year” on Saturday in recognition of “her exceptional contributions to the performing arts.”
Davis is the first black actress to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting. During her acceptance speech, she spoke about the importance of art and what she hopes to achieve through her work.
“Art, it’s a very sacred place, the stage and the screen,” said Davis during her speech. “I want people to be seen. I want them to feel less alone…your job as an audience is to bear witness.”
Watch the special moments from Davis’ amazing speech below: