#Winning: Black Actors Who Took Home the Gold at the Emmys

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  • S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Roscoe Lee Browne
  • Olivia Cole
  • Louis Gossett, Jr.
  • James Earl Jones
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Charles Dutton
  • Loretta Devine
  • Jackée Harry
  • Gail Fisher
  • Madge Sinclair
  • Ruby Dee
  • Bill Cosby
  • Whitney Houston
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Esther Rolle
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Leontyne Price
  • Wayne Brady
  • Spike Lee
  • Viola Davis/Uzo Aduba/Regina King
  • Viola Davis
  • Uzo Aduba
  • Regina King
  • Halle Berry Emmy Awards
  • Isabel Sanford
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Lynn Whitfield
  • Alfre Woodard

Olivia Cole

In 1977, Roots made television history by winning nine Emmy Awards. Oliva Cole became the first African-American actress to win an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie for her unforgettable performance as Kizzy.

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