Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum worked with Breakthrough's Film Crew, a group of nine young people from East Garfield Park and other West Side communities, to conduct these interviews. Breakthrough and the East Garfield Park Youth Collaborative recruited most of the narrators. Louise Coleman was born in McGehee, Arkansas in 1937. Her family moved to Tennessee and then to Chicago. She went to high school on the city's West Side. She was a resident of Chicago's Austin community area. She recalled growing up in a friendly neighborhood and playing outside with friends. In 1955, she became involved in Mariallc House, a social service organization in East Garfield Park. Later, she became a part of a program called Seniors Take Charge, which encouraged senior citizens to continue to be social and active.