Anne and her mother represent two different attitudes of African Americans in the 1950s and 60s South. Both experience the triumph, danger, power, and uncertainty of the Civil Rights Movement, but Anne represents a forward-thinking attitude (the future), while her mother represents a more conservative attitude (the past).
Both women experience life as African American women in the 1950s and 60s South. They are also both hardworking and care deeply about their families and the black community as a whole. For example, Anne works tirelessly for racial justice, while her mother works to support her family.
Their views on how to serve the African American community, however, are where they differ. Anne's mother carries a traditional belief in "keeping your head down" to "stay out of trouble." Because of this, she behaves in the ways "expected" of a black woman at her time. She believes that organizations like the NAACP will only bring trouble and danger for the community and her family. Anne, however, embraces the liberal ideas of the time, attending NAACP events, working for CORE, and attending college. She believes these new movements and ideas will improve life for her people and her family.