Rev. Hill is the authoritative leader of the region's civil rights activists. He believes in the ideals of democracy and is certain that with persistence, local citizens will win the right to vote.
"Son, you think freedom is easy? Nobody ever said that. In fact, it's hard. It's hard getting it and it's hard keeping it. ... But you complain about it ... and do nothing. You can't just hand over your life -- your freedom -- to somebody for the taking ..."