On Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, Tyler Perry was honored at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards with the Governors Trophy.
In appreciation of his studies on inclusivity and philanthropic activities, the 51-year-old filmmaker and his foundation won the prize.
He movingly commented on his family past as he received the honor. When he first came to Los Angeles, he spoke about a quilt his grandma had sewn for him, which reflected crucial points in the lives of his loved ones.
He said: "In my grandmother’s quilt there were no patches for Black people on television. And now her grandson is being honored by the Television Academy…
"We are all sewing our own quilt with our thoughts, our behaviors, our experiences and our memories.
"I stand here tonight to say thank you, to all of the people who are celebrating and know the value of every patch and every story and every color that makes up this quilt that is our business, this quilt that is our lives, this quilt that is America."
The award was presented to Perry by Chris Rock and Oprah Winfrey, who hailed him a "visionary."
Oprah said: "Tyler Perry has done what no one had done before him — make it as an outsider."
Rock added: "And of course Hollywood welcomed an independent Black man with open arms. They thought he was just a fad."
Winfrey continued: "Tyler ensured that Black people would be represented in front of and behind the camera.
"He is a man of deep faith, he is a visionary who is led by unwavering passion, and a businessman who bet on himself and in doing so, showed the world that there is a different path to ultimate success. He dreamed the impossible dream, he bore the unbearable sorrow and fought the unbeatable foe to run where the brave dare not go."