The Young and the Restless star, 35, won Best Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama:

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Actress at the 49th annual ceremony on Friday night, making her the first Black actress to win an Emmy in the lead acting category.

Morgan, who portrays Amanda Sinclair and previously played Hilary Curtis on the long-running CBS soap opera

received a standing ovation upon winning the coveted award, and opened up about her upbringing during her acceptance speech, according to Deadline.

"I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I'm now standing on an international

stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do,"

she began. "Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation … they can strive to be the best."

She continued: "I need to thank the fans and everybody sitting at home.

They embraced me when I came on this show and I am so immensely proud of our generation."

"We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment.

Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together," she added.