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. Willie Dotson was born in Mississippi in 1949. His family moved to Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood in 1966. Mr. Dotson also described experiencing police harassment during his time at Farragut High School. He also described the importance of religion in his own life.
Civil Rights; Racism; Great Migration; Gang Violence; Assimilation; Police Brutality; Profiling; Outsourcing; Community and Economic Development Association; Religion; Infiltration of Drugs; Rehabilitation; Music; Youth Programming; Mississippi