Jefferson Thomas walking amongst students in hallway of Central High School, Little Rock Arkansas, four years after graduating.The hall is filled with students changing classes. Thomas climbs staircase holding the bannister. A white student courteously tries to help him find his way. He walks down a hall and looks at teacher and students in a classroom. Scene shifts to years earlier, showing Thelma Mothershed, one of the Little Rock Nine, in a similar classroom at Central High, and then rapidly to her walking along a hallway, at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. She speaks of teaching and children, as scenes show her with children in school settings. She is also seen in a dressmaking class. Scene reverts back to her at Central High in Little Rock.
Glimpse of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957, with U.S. Army troops posted to protect nine black students enrolling at the school. Scene shifts to after graduation, when Minnijean Brown, one of the nine, strolls the campus of Southern Illinois University, and speaks of wanting to be a writer. She is seen in the office of a newspaper, where she works as a part time reporter, after school. Brown walks on the college campus with Professor Simon. she bicycles and picnics with friends.
Opening scene shows a C-130 aircraft on final approach, and about to land on an airfield, at dusk. Next, a MAC Lockheed C-141 Starlifter aircraft is seen flying over a body of water. Its tail number is 63-8075. (Nicknamed "Petunia Pig," it was flown in accelerated operations beginning in 1964, and eventually logging about 15 hours a day in regular service, to provide the Air Force advance information about the operational capabilities of this type aircraft.) The next airplane shown is a MAC Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, about to land. Its unique 28-wheel landing gear is clearly visible as it approaches and touches down. Scene shifts to the MAC Command and Control Center, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, where Air Force controllers are monitoring MAC worldwide operations. The wall in the background is covered by a map of the world showing numerous MAC air routes. A civilian narrator speaks about the Military Airlift Command. Camera pans over the Command Center wall map, showing North and South America and associated MAC routes and then across the Atlantic to Europe and Africa. Bucolic scenes of farmland and fields in the vicinity of Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Next, three large jet transport aircraft are seen on an airfield ramp. Suddenly, one explodes and is destroyed in fire and smoke. Rescuers carry and injured person on a stretcher. Another scene shows a bus and cars consumed in flames.
Large crowd cheers as an American football match in Big Ten between Ohio State University and Illinois University go on in United States. Ohio State defeats Illinois by 26-0.
Upsets at various events of 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Canada's four men team during the bobsled race, wins gold medal beating Austrian team by margin of one second. In the men's slalom, Billy Kidd and Jimmy Heuga of USA, finish second and third. Austrian Josef Stieleger wins gold medal. Spectators watch the skiers. Figure skating competition. German competitor Manfred Schnelldorfer during his performance which yield him gold medal. Alain Calmet of France, silver. Scott Allen, a fourteen year old from United States gets bronze.
Cars and shops near the intersection of Master Street and Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, during the 1964 Philadelphia riots, also called the 1964 Columbia Avenue riots, in an era of racial tensions and civil rights struggles. People loot shops. Men and women take out articles from a shop. Broken window panes of a shop. A mannequin dummy on a road in front of a damaged garment shop. Exteriors of the damaged shops. A damaged car. A man walks through ruins of shops. Policeman attempts to clear looters from a shop.