Octavia Spencer’s Speech at Golden Globes

Actress earns support of domestic workers

WRITTEN BY: Danielle Olipra
Ai-jen Poo, co-founder of The National Domestic Workers Alliance
Image Source: Jobs with Justice via flickr
Ai-jen Poo, co-founder of The National Domestic Workers Alliance

On Sunday night, Octavia Spencer won a Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, which she earned for her role as Minny Jackson in “The Help.”  But her acceptance speech won her respect in addition to her award, says Rueters.com.

Spencer took the opportunity of getting recognition for her role as the outspoken maid to give recognition to today’s domestic workers all over the country.

On Monday, the National Domestic Workers Alliance praised her statement in which she quoted Martin Luther King Jr., saying, “with regard to domestics in this country, Dr. Martin Luther King said it best--all labor that uplifts dignity in this country is worthwhile.”

Ai-jen Poo, the alliance's co-founder and director, said “we are so grateful to Octavia for helping bring recognition and light to this workforce."

Read more about Octavia Spencer here.