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. Barbara Long was born and raised in Chicago, first in the Pilsen neighborhood then in the Austin community area. In the mid-1960s racial tensions were peaking as the neighborhood turned from majority white to majority African American. Ms. Long recalled the unrest that destroyed parts of Chicago's West Side after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.