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. Diane McGee-Lewis was born in 1950 in Chicago. She spent most of her youth living at South Pulaski Road and West Monroe Street, on the West Side, where her family was the first African American family on the block. She attended Marshall High School, witnessing the unrest after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death.