Fighting Back follows the struggle for equality from the schoolroom to the courtroom and back as blacks reject the existing system of "separate but equal" education. In 1954, the Supreme Court also rejects the system with its historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. The legal battle won, in 1957 nine black teenagers dare to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. In 1962, a resolute James Meredith enrolls at the Univeristy of Mississippi. Students, parents, and lawyers unite to guarantee a better education and a better future for their children.