Mon, Jan 30, 2012 10:25 AM EST

When Viola Davis won a SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actress in a leading role Sunday night her acceptance speech included a special note for the students at Segue Institute of Learning in Central Falls, Rhode Island. "I have a special note to the kids in Central Falls, Rhode Island and Segue Institute of Learning--dream big and dream fierce," Davis told students in her hometown. Segue Institute for Learning serves Central Falls students grades 6-8. [According to public records](, 91% of the students are Latino and 9% are black. 57% of students are on reduced lunch. Central Falls was one of the cities with a large Latino population that made headlines in 2009 when leaders in the Latino community urged them to not participate in the 2010 Census as a [symbolic protest]( for immigration reform.