“You can’t be what you can’t see,”says Joycelyn Elders, M.D. The former U.S. Surgeon General is featured in the new documentary film, Black Women in Medicine, which debuts on American Public Television on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Filmmaker and author Crystal Emery chronicles the struggles of generations of black women who have beaten discrimination, poverty and sexism to transform the world of medicine. The film and companion book, Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine, are perfect to inspire little black girls and young black women dreaming of medical careers.

Emery is not only documenting and celebrating our history, the project is also helping to chart our future by showing the next generation of black women physicians the road to success.

You may also see the film at selected screenings around the country, if you miss the Feb. 8th debut. Check to see if there’s a screening date near you.