The message of this documentary is that it took many years for the Civil Rights movement to bear fruit but that the dedication of the activists in the movement made change possible. The documentary begins with the murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 and builds through the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the march in Selma, and later events, such as the Boston busing crisis of 1970s. At each step of the way, activists risked their lives to end segregation and to win political, economic, and social equality for African Americans.
The documentary, which features gripping footage, shows that each step along this long journey was difficult. For example, the section on the Little Rock Nine shows the abuse and humiliation African American students endured to segregate a high school in Little Rock, Alabama, in 1957. They, like other activists along the way, pushed through immense discomfort to make change possible. In the end, change was possible, through the efforts and sacrifices of leaders and the everyday people in the movement.