Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan is calling for the release of incarcerated gang leader Larry Hoover.
Hoover, 62, is said to have formed the notorious Gangster Disciples street gang in Chicago in the late 1960s.
Farrakhan said Hoover’s influence may help spark change in the urban community if he were freed, according to the Final Call.
Hoover, Farrakhan said, pushed members of the GDs to place a priority on education.
The GDs, which formed on the South Side of Chicago, can now be found active nationwide in many major metropolitan cities.
Hoover engaged petty crime as an adolescent, but soon dabbled in major illegal activities, as he got older during the growth of his criminal empire.
Hoover’s ways soon caught up to him after he was sentenced to 150 to 200 years in prison for the murdered of drug dealer Williams Young, according to biography.com.
While in prison, Hoover changed the name of his street gang to “Growth and Development.”
Despite professing change for the urban community, Hoover was linked to running an elaborate criminal empire behind bars. He was later indicted and sentenced to serve six life sentences at the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility.
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