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Gangster Disciples
Founding location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active Late 1960s – present
Territory Nationwide
Ethnicity Mostly African American
Membership 50,000+
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, prostitution
Allies Folk Nation, Black Guerilla Family, Black Mafia Family, Crips, Zoe Pound, Folk Family Mafia
Rivals People Nation, Black P. Stone, Vice Lords, Latin Kings,, Black Disciples, Four Corner Hustlers

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, Black Stone 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 , Florida Gators or Duke Blue Devils clothing. 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. 

External links[edit]


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

LUCEDALE, Mississippi -- A group of Black Gangster Disciples street gang members and associates have been arrested on federal drug charges in George and Mobile counties, according to the FBI's Jackson field office. All subjects have been charged with ...

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:15:00 -0800

Tit for tat escalated, and Native members of the Gangster Disciples soon found themselves at war with Native Mob and the Vice Lords. Again, following Gangster Disciple rules, Native members went to their leadership to ask for help as violence intensified.

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Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:40:46 -0800

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Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:31:23 -0800

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:03:45 -0800

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

An aging West Side gang leader who goes by the street name “Goo” was arrested and charged with dealing heroin and crack cocaine alongside 34 members of his Gangster Disciples faction, authorities said. Johnny Herndon—a 55-year-old whose crew ...

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:18:31 -0800

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