Ja'net Dubois wrote this song with the legendary songwriter Jeff Barry, who also sang backup vocals. Barry and his wife, Ellie Greenwich, composed several popular songs such as "Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts?," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Then He Kissed Me," "Baby I Love You", "Be My Baby
," "The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget," "I Can Hear Music," and "River Deep, Mountain High."
Dubois said of this song: "I know about black folks movin' up. I've been there."