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Black Disciples

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Black Disciples
Founded by David Barksdale
Founding location Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active 1976–present
Territory Nationwide
Ethnicity Mostly African-American[1]
Membership 15,000+[citation needed]
Criminal activities

The Black Disciples (often abbreviated as BDN or BDN III) is a large street gang based in Chicago, Illinois.


The gang is considered violent and is known to engage in drug trafficking and distribution, theft, robbery, gun trafficking, murder, embezzlement, money laundering, and racketeering, in addition to other criminal activity.

Intergang relations[edit]

The Black Disciples are part of the alliance of street gangs but are known to engage in violence with other Folk Nation gangs such as the Gangster Disciples.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b George Knox, Ph.D. (2004). "Gang Threat Analysis: The Black Disciples". National Gang Crime Research Center. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ Julie L. Jones, Secretary. "Gang and Security Threat Group Awareness: Major Prison Gangs". Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved February 14, 2016.