Ann Atwater single mother and maid for many years left her job to fight for the civilians of the black population. Ellis was a worker who grew up in the white area of Durham and when he was young he joined the Ku Klux Klan. During the 1960s, their paths crossed on opposite sides of meetings on issues of integration into public schools. They both realized that they had something in common: the economic and educational well-being of their children. A relationship that flourished despite its origins.