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Gangster Disciples
Founding location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active Late 1960s – present
Territory Nationwide
Ethnicity Mostly African American
Membership 25,000+[citation needed]
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, prostitution
Allies Folk Nation, Black Guerilla Family, Black Mafia Family, Crips, Zoe Pound
Rivals People Nation, Black P. Stone, Vice Lords, Latin Kings, Four Corner Hustlers, Black Disciples

The Gangster Disciple is a gang which was formed on the South-side of Chicago in the late 1960s, by Larry Hoover, leader of the High Supreme Gangsters, and David Barksdale, leader of the Black Disciples. The two groups united to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation (BGDN).

The gang has made several attempts to legitimize their image. Some members dropped the "B" and began to call themselves GDs or Gangster Disciples. In the 1990s the Gangster Disciples entered into politics in the Chicago tradition of Black Panthers, Blackstone Rangers, Latin Kings, Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Young Lords through the formation of the "Growth and Development" movement. Outside of Chicago some gangs will still go by the old name of BGD.[1]

Gangster Disciples have been documented in the U.S. military, found in both U.S. and overseas bases.[2] Graffiti characteristic of the Gangster Disciples has been reportedly seen in U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Colors and apparel[edit]

Gangster Disciples "represent" with the colors black and blue. Gang members are known to wear Georgetown Hoyas or Duke Blue Devils clothing. Sometimes will wear Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and other teams from their original city though they do not always match colors. Another common clothing item is a shirt or a sweater with Lil JoJo quotes and pictures on it. Most common quotes are "3HunnaK" and "JoJo's world".

Six pointed star[edit]

The predominant symbol this criminal gang makes use of is the six-pointed Star of David (✡). The symbol pays homage to founder David Barksdale.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Black Gangster Disciples". Gang Prevention Services. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Gangs Increasing in Military, FBI Says". McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. 30 June 2008. [dead link]

External links[edit]


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Patch.com

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 20:10:22 -0800

Catlett said he was found guilty of “shooting a well known gang chief of the Gangster Disciples street gang” and as a result there is an “open contract” out for him. “Upon Mr. Catlett being arrested and placed in the Cook County Jail awaiting trial, Mr ...

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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 07:36:37 -0800

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:15:31 -0800

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:24:09 -0800

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:22:04 -0800

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:40:54 -0800

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:53:41 -0700

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:59:37 -0800

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