Michael Kenneth Williams Joins ABC's Gay Rights Miniseries When We Rise

Michael Kenneth Williams When We Rise

Omar comin’ to ABC.

The Wire alum Michael Kenneth Williams has been cast in When We Rise, the Alphabet Net’s forthcoming limited series about the gay rights movement, TVLine has learned.

Created and written by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black, the seven-part mini chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. civil rights movement. Williams will play African-American community organizer Ken Jones, and relative newcomer Ivory Aquino will portray transgender activist Cecilia Chung.

It was also announced Tuesday that four TV veterans will guest-star in the project’s first installment: Whoopi Goldberg as Pat Norman, the first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department; Rosie O’Donnell as Del Martin, co-founder of the first lesbian organization in the country; Denis O’Hare as Jim Foster, the openly gay Democratic party organizer; and David Hyde Pierce as Dr. Jones, father of LGBT activist Cleve Jones (Guy Pearce).

When We Rise — which also stars Rachel Griffiths and Mary-Louise Parker — is currently in production in Vancouver and San Francisco. An airdate is TBD.

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