|Founding location||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Years active||Late 1960s – present|
|Ethnicity||Mostly African American|
|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.
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.
Colors and apparel
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".
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- FBI file on the Gangster Disciples
- Gang Threat Analysis: The Black Disciples
- National Drug Intelligence Center document on the Vice Lords