The School That Got a Viola Davis Shout-Out

In her SAG Awards acceptance speech, the actress spoke to the kids at the 91 percent Latino Segue Institute of Learning. 

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Accepting her SAG Award for outstanding female actress in a leading role Sunday night, The Help actress Viola Davis' speech included a special note: "Dream big and dream fierce." She directed it specifically to the students of the Segue Institute of Learning.

What is Segue? ColorLines reports today that it's a school in her hometown of Central Falls, R.I., that serves students grades 6 through 8. According to public records, 91 percent of the students are Latino and 9 percent are black. Fifty-seven percent of students are on reduced lunch.

Central Falls made headlines in 2009 when leaders in the Latino community urged them not to participate in the 2010 census as a symbolic protest for immigration reform.

Listen to Davis' speech here:

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