The Glee Project and Glee alum Ali Stroker just made Broadway history.
Yesterday at the 2019 Tony Awards, Ali became the first wheelchair user to take home a Tony Award.
Ali won Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Ado Annie in Rogers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
During her acceptance speech, Ali dedicated her award to children with disabilities.
She said, “This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena — you are.”
She went on to thank “her Oklahoma! family” for having her back and supporting her.
Ali also thanked her friends who, “have held my hands and pulled me around New York City for years, helping me.”
She ended her speech by thanking her parents, saying, “thank you for teaching me to use my gifts to help people.”
In case there’s still a question about whether representation is important, this adorable video of a 6-year-old wheelchair-using boy reacting to Ali’s win says it all.
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