Genesis - the Evolution & Rise of the Gangsterdisciples Essay

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Genesis: The formation and rise of the Gangster Disciple Nation

The history of the Gangster Disciples is one of many faces… in order to understand the whole story; one must understand that it is in reality the telling of three different stories, all of which took place at the same time. The story of David Barksdale and Mac
Aurther's "David's and Devil's Disciples", The story of Larry Hoover and Andrew Howard's "Supreme Gangster Nation", and the story of Jerome
Freeman and Harold Walker's "Black King Cobras". These are the Fathers of the Black Gangster Disciple Nation…

David and Devils Disciples:

Also known simply as the Devil Disciples… D.D.D. was formed on the south side of Chicago in a hood known
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In 1964 Hoover had Alex killed and their for gained control of the S.G.N. Hoover named Andrew "Birdie" Howard as his second in command. In this same year Andrew Howard introduced Hoover to David and the rest of the disciples. They quickly became friends and began attending Black Power meetings together. Later on that year Hoover was approached by Jeff Fort and Eugene Hairston of the Black P. Stone Rangers, and was asked to join their nation (it was at this time that the Stones were forming the 21 main, which was the 21 different gangs that joined them). Hoover gave it a lot of thought but in the end decided against it for fear that the S.G.N. would loose it self in the much larger Stones. Around this time the Black King Cobras and The Supreme Gangster Nation started to fight against each other quite a bit. This was due to the attempted attack on Hoover at a party by Jerome Freeman and Michael Stevens. Freeman was angry at Hoover for having sex with his girl a few years before that. The young woman's name was Wendy Jenkins (whom Hoover would end up being with for several more years.) In 1965 Hoover would meet many people who would end up becoming very important in the Gangster Disciples. Hoover met
Wallace "Gator" Bradley, Derrick McClain, Melvin "Head" Haywood, and Tom Harris all of whom he convinced to join with the S.G.N. Late in '65 Hoover began the talks with David that would later lead to