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Black Disciples

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Black Disciples
Founded 1976
Founded by David Barksdale
Founding location Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active 1976–present
Territory Nationwide
Ethnicity African-American[1]
Criminal activities
Allies Black Guerrilla Family
Folk Nation[2]
Black P. Stones (some sets)
Rivals Vice Lords[1]
Latin Kings
People Nation
Gangster Disciples

The Black Disciples (often abbreviated as BDN, BDN III) is a large street gang based in Chicago, Illinois, and received coverage after the murder of 11-year-old Robert Sandifer.


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.