The name calls to mind the "younger" generation. This family is living in a time a great change. The Civil Rights movement is promising equality to African-Americans, who have suffered unfairly for hundreds of years. Opportunities are present everywhere, and there is hope that the "American Dream" can be for all people and not just for white people. However, there is much that still stands in the way. Racism, greed, pride... these sins plague the family from inside and out. Although the younger members of the family should be able to make a better life for themselves, it is the oldest member of the family - Mama - who has the most ambition and sense to actually make it happen. Although change is present, it is slow and arduous. The "Youngers" will still have to work hard if they really want to see success.