Denzel Washington's Acceptance Speech At The NAACP Image Awards Is What We All Need To Hear Right Now

"Fall down seven times, get up eight."

Denzel Washington tipped his hat to other notable African-American actors before rousing the crowd with a motivational message when he took the stage to accept the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Saturday night. 

"Without commitment, you'll never start, but more importantly, without consistency, you'll never finish," he said in reference to Barry Jenkins' journey to become the director of Moonlight. Washington won the Image Award for his performance in Fences, but made sure to commend the work of other individuals in the room and AfricanAmerican film legends. 

He continued: 

It's not easy. If it were easy, there'd be no Kerry Washington. If it were easy, there'd be no Taraji Henson. If it were, there'd be no Octavia Spencer. But not only that, if it were easy, there'd be no Viola Davis. If it were easy, there'd be no Michael T. Williamson. No Stephen McKinley Henderson. No Russell Hornsby. If it were easy, there'd be no Denzel Washington. So, keep working. Keep striving. Never give up. Fall down seven times, get up eight. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. So, keep moving, keep growing, keep learning. See you at work. 

Watch Washington's full speech below:



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