Before you get to the article…
On February 23, 2018, my book on the Mau Maus and Sand Street Angels, who were two Brooklyn youth gangs from the 1950s, has been completed. It took 15 years of research and writing to complete Brooklyn Rumble: Mau Maus, Sand Street Angels, and the End of an Era. This book is roughly 6″x9″ and has 370 pages and includes a look at the characters in the Mau Maus and the details of a gang killing that happened in February 1959 in front of the iconic Brooklyn Paramount Theater (now Long Island University). If you want to buy a copy, click here and this link will take you to an online ordering page.
Some readers might remember one of my first web pages on this website – an interview I did with “Jocko,” a former member of the Harlem Lords. Jocko’s ire was raised because of Tom Skinner, who wrote a book and became fairly well-known for being in the Harlem Lords only to leave the gang and become a Christian. According to Jocko, Skinner was never in the gang. To see that interview, click here.
As can be seen from that page, a comic book was made on Tom Skinner’s life (he has since passed away), called “Up From Harlem.” Below is the comic book from beginning to end.