In this documentary, a group of black activists, including the Rev. Frederick D. Kirkpatrick, the Rev. Gary Davis and attorney Florynce Kennedy, gather in a cafe to relate stories from their respective pasts. Backed by a soundtrack of blues, jazz and rock-'n'-roll tunes featuring black musicians, these men and women recall the adversity that they often met while growing up. Topics include racism, poverty and other hardships encountered in the time before the Civil Rights movement.