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Black Disciples

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Black Disciples
Founder David Barksdale
Founding location Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active 1960–present
Territory Nationwide
Ethnicity Mostly black[1]
Membership 15,000+[citation needed]
Criminal activities

The Black Disciples (often abbreviated as BDN or BDN III) is a large mostly African American 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.

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