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. Levette Haynes was a resident of East Garfield Park. She was active in the West Side Cultural Arts Center, where she developed and ran poetry nights and other programming. She taught art at the Gold Dome building in Garfield Park and emphasized the culture and art of East Garfield Park.