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. Reverend Willie Morris Jr. was born in Chicago in 1945 and lived part of his childhood in Arkansas. His family later moved back to Chicago before his high school years. Reverend Morris Jr. worked at Marillac House, a social services provider for families in East Garfield Park. There he worked during the unrest after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. He also started a well-known basketball tournament at Marillac House.