Created and executive produced by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the ABC miniseries When We Rise chronicles the true stories of the LGBT men and women who fought for social justice during the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Black pitched the project to ABC four years ago and also spent a year of research on his ambitious project. Rachel Griffiths, Mary-Louise Parker, Guy Pearce, and Michael Kenneth Williams are among the featured actors in the ensemble.

“I think one of the many reasons that a new generation ought to see When We Rise is to understand, one, for inspiration that they have forefathers and foremothers who have been fighting for them for some time,” said Black, who hopes that his show will inspire a new generation of activists and social justice pioneers. “For some young people, they need to know that because they’re living in areas where they don’t find a lot of acceptance.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Dustin Lance Black talk about the selflessness behind the inspiring people whose stories are chronicled in When We Rise:

When We Rise debuts tonight on ABC (9 pm et/pt).

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