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 Snirly Simpson was born in Sunflower, Mississippi in 1941. His family relocated to Chicago in 1958 when he was seventeen years old. After working as a launderer and cleaner, Reverend Simpson became the second pastor at Mount Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in East Garfield Park, where he's been for forty-one years. He recalled his experiences as a religious leader in the community, damage to his church in the unrest following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, and changes in the neighborhood.