"When We Rise" is an epic event limited drama series on ABC written and created by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

The series chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.

Cleve Jones, a young Quaker from Arizona, joined the gay liberation movement in 1972, was befriended by pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk, founded the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and led the National March for Equality in 2009.

Ken Jones, an African-American Vietnam veteran, joined the gay liberation movement in San Francisco only to discover and confront racism within the gay men's community. For years, he organized services for homeless youth as he faced the devastation of the AIDS epidemic.

From rural Maine, Roma Guy is a lesbian and a long time social justice leader who co-founded the San Francisco Women's Building. Then, as a Public Health Commissioner, she worked with others to bring healthcare access to all San Franciscans. She is currently a criminal justice activist.

Diane, a lesbian mother and grandmother of three, joined the Women's Movement in the 1970s in San Francisco, co-founded the Women's Building and has worked as an HIV/AIDS nurse and social justice activist at San Francisco General Hospital for 33 years.

The cast includes Guy Pearce ("Memento," "L.A. Confidential") as LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds," "Angels in America") as women's rights leader Roma Guy and Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers and Sisters," "Six Feet Under") as her wife, social justice activist Diane. Joining them are Austin McKenzie ("Spring Awakening") as younger Cleve Jones, Emily Skeggs ("Fun Home") as younger Roma Guy, newcomer Jonathan Majors as younger Ken Jones, and Fiona Dourif ("The Master") as younger Diane.

"When We Rise" is executive produced by Dustin Lance Black ("Milk," "Big Love," "J. Edgar"), Laurence Mark ("Julie & Julia,""Dreamgirls,""I, Robot," "Jerry Maguire"), Bruce Cohen ("American Beauty," "Milk") and Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting," "Milk") for ABC.


Network: ABC
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 9, 2017
Seasons: 1

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