Sheryl Lee Ralph sings her way through her Emmy speech

Abbott Elementary was the last series of shows that makes us feel good, reminds us why we love the mockumentary style, and brings us a cast of characters who love their jobs and want to be the best teachers they can be. It’s one of the hottest new comedies out there and so tonight at the Emmys, it’s no surprise it’s taking home awards for its casting! And Sheryl Lee Ralph won for her role as Barbara Howard on the show, a teacher whom Quinta Brunson’s Janine admires. And now Ralph has an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series!

Ralph began his speech by singing Dianne Reeves’ “Endangered Species” and the power she has was so clear in the way the audience sat in love with her performance. And from there, she reminded us of all the power of our dreams. “To anyone who ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, couldn’t, wouldn’t come true, I’m here to tell you that’s what belief looks like, this is what effort looks like, and never, ever give up.

Ralph is the second black woman to win the award, the first being Jackée Harry who shared her support for Ralph’s win.

Barbara Howard deserves it

Ralph’s character on Abbott Elementary School is an older teacher who wants to do her best for her students, but also knows the limits of the school she works for and is a good match for Janine de Brunson who thinks she can change the lives of her classes and turns to Barbara for advice. In his speech, Ralph gave Brunson a shoutout, saying having her in his “corner” (along with her husband, kids and all of her friends who voted for her) helped her achieve this historic victory.

Much like the show itself, seeing Ralph win Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series was one of the feel-good moments of the night because she deserved it and so much more. I can’t wait to see what season 2 has in store for our favorite teachers and I just know that Sheryl Lee Ralph will continue to shine in Primary Abbott. Now, just with an Emmy Award under her belt.

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