The Civil Rights Movement changed the country in many ways. The decade started off with the Feb. 1 student sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina. They quickly spread to Woolworth’s lunch counters across the country. That was then followed by marches and sit-ins against segregated restaurants and freedom rides on public buses. Young people yearned to join the struggle by going South. This then sparked the free speech movement at Berkeley and eventually the womens' movement. As people came to feel empowered, they were able to transform what had been private troubles into public issues.
Cliff DuRand and Bob Stone were in the heart of the struggle. Cliff participated in sit-ins in Baltimore and Maryland’s Eastern Shore (often called ‘little Georgia’). Bob participated in the Mississippi Freedom Summer. Both were transformed by the experience of the movement.