Folk Nation
Folk Nation

Folk Nation

In April 1978, Black Gangster Disciple leader Larry Hoover organized a work stoppage among prisoners.  The reason for the stoppage was prisoners being served rotten food and overall being treated poorly.  Most prisoners agreed with Larry Hoover even his rivals were on board.  This protest caused Larry to organize a coalition between gangs to participate in this revolt.  Larry got together with his allies and enemies and organized an alliance that would shortly after, break into two distinct alliances in prison.  These coalitions allowed for negotiations between the rival groups to ease and control gang wars behind bars.  Initially, there was no name for these coalitions, everyone just knew who their allies were.  On the streets this new alliance was communicated loosely and had a smaller affect on street relations.

In the year 1980, Imperial Gangster leader Ronnie “Mad Dog” Carrasquillo and Maniac Latin Disciple Victor “King Vic” Gomez drew up the “Spanish Gangster Disciple” concepts in prison which governed all the Hispanic gangs that were allied with Larry Hoover’s allies.  This governing was approved and oversaw by Larry Hoover.  This was also the year that Simon City Royals and Black Gangster Disciples held a meeting in the Grand Boulevard community to discuss a further alliance.  Either in this meeting or shortly thereafter, the Simon City Royals gave an idea for the name of the Larrry Hoover allies alliance as the “Folks.”  It was then established that “Folks” was the official name of all gang allied with Simon City Royals and Black Gangster Disciples.

In the year 1981, Michael “Mickey Bull” Johnson of the Black Disciples and Richard “Cold Black” Dordies of the Black Gangster Disciples were released from prison that year.  Both men preached of the difference between Black Disciple and Black Gangster Disciple and divided the public housing projects between both gangs.  They also gave the streets Folk knowledge and all gangs that joined Folk, Hispanic, white, and black all now knew they were Folks on the streets.  Key Maniac Latin Disciple members were released in 1981 that also spread the knowledge of Folks.

In the year 1981, Folk and People nation bylaws were enforced on the streets and symbols and fashion trends were made official.  The Folk nation represented the right-handed side while the People nation represented the left-handed side.

The Folk alliance was very tight in the Illinois prison system in the 1980s into the 1990s as several pictures could be seen as evidence of top Chicago gang leaders were posed together multiple times.  Folks became like brothers to each other.

The alliances became very strong on the streets in the mid-1980s but by the late 1980s the alliances were getting harder to maintain.  By the late 1990s into the 21st century Folk and People almost vanished from the streets.

Below is a complete list that I know of for the organizations that joined Folks in 1981:


Ashland Vikings

Black Disciples (became a separate group on the streets in 1981)

Black Gangster Disciples (now known as Gangster Disciples)

Black Gangsters (now known today as New Breeds, only while incarcerated since the early 1990s)

Black Souls (only when incarcerated)


Dragons (now known today as Insane Dragons)

Harrison Gents

Imperial Gangsters

Insane Popes (north side group)

King Cobras

Kool Gang

Latin Eagles

Latin Jivers (no incarcerated members in 1978 but joined on the streets upon formation)

Latin Lovers

Latin Souls

Latin Stylers

Lychmen Sercaun Gangsters

Maniac Latin Disciples

Milwaukee Kings

Orquestra Albany

Paulina Barry Community

Ridgeway Lords

Saints (only while incarcerated and only until the late 1980s)

Satan Disciples

Simon City Royals

Sin City Boys

Spanish Chancellors (Only while incarcerated)

Spanish Cobras

Two Six

Two Two Boys