|Years active||Late 1960s – present|
|Ethnicity||Mostly African American|
40-50,000+30,000+ in Chicago
|Criminal activities||Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, prostitution, Boosting [d-queens]|
|Allies||Folk Nation, Crips, Surenos, Zoe Pound Gang, Black Guerilla Family, Black Mafia Family, Juggalos|
|Rivals||People Nation, Black P.Stones, Vice Lords, Bloods, Latin Kings, Nortenos & Black Disciples (Insane GD & Maniac GD)|
The Black Gangster Disciple is a gang which was formed on the South-side of Chicago in the late 1960s, by David Barksdale, leader of the Black Disciples, and Larry Hoover, leader of the Supreme Gangsters. 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.
Gangster Disciples have been documented in the U.S. military, found in both U.S. and overseas bases. Graffiti characteristic of the Gangster Disciples has been reportedly seen in U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Symbols, signs and emblems 
Like most major gangs, Gangster Disciples use a well-defined system of symbols to communicate alliances and rivalries. This system is a combination of symbols that represent the Gangster Disciple Nation or the Folk Nation as a whole and symbols that rivals use to represent their organization, typically inverted to show disrespect.
Six pointed star 
The major symbol Gangster Disciples make use of is the six-pointed star (identical in appearance to the Star of David) The fact that this star is known as the Star of David pays homage to founder David Barksdale, and the six points are said to represent love, life, loyalty, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom (respect).
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