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.
I went to New York City this past August for a research trip. It was very resourceful and I found a lot of interesting things. Here are some of the things I did:
– Toured Fort Greene with a former Mau Mau and Fort Greene Chaplain who showed me where they hung out, where the fights took place and talking about the gangs in general
– Toured 167th Street area in Harlem with a former member of the Social Lords whose turf was near the Egyptian Kings and Dragons, two gangs who were responsible for the death of Michael Farmer in 1957
– Toured East Harlem with a former Viceroy who showed me where they hung out and fought.
I also visited an archive facility and found quite a few interesting things there. In fact, I guess this is as good a spot as any to ask if anyone knows what this is? I found these discs in a file and I’m not sure if it is a audio disc or a video disc? It would be from the 1950s or maybe 1960s.