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 in order to participate in this revolt. Larry got together with his allies and enemies and organized the Folk and People alliances. His allies would become Folk and his enemies would become People. During the work stoppage Folk and People were allies behind bars, after the revolt they went back to their rivalries, however, these coalitions allowed for negotiations between the rival groups to ease and control gang wars behind bars.
The organizations that joined Folk in 1978 were Black Gangster Disciples, Black Disciples, Simon City Royals, Insane Popes, Spanish Cobras, Maniac Latin Disciples, Imperial Gangsters, Latin Eagles, Satan Disciples, Ambrose, Two Six and Ashland Vikings.
In the year 1981, the Folk and People nations opened their doors to allowing more gangs to join. The big push started in that year when Michael “Mickey Bull” Johnson was released from prison. Mickey Bull was a high ranking Black Disciple that preached the bylaws of the Folk Nation out on the streets. He also recruited several more street gangs into the Folk Nation that year resulting in a big push for all gangs to be aligned under either Folk or People.
In the year 1983, 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 alliances became very strong in the mid-1980s but by the late 1980s the alliances were hard to control. By 1988-1992 the Folk and People nation bylaws could no longer be enforced on the streets as the drug trade went wild. The alliances still exist but no longer guarantee peace.
In the year 1992, all hell broke loose on the north side streets as Imperial Gangsters, Latin Eagles, Spanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples were in a state of violent gang wars over drug turf. The Folk Nation could no longer bind all these gangs and the need for three sub alliances had to be established. One of them was the “Almighty” family that consisted of Simon City Royals, Latin Eagles, Insane Popes and Imperial Gangsters. In 1995, the Harrison Gents left the Insane Family and joined the Almighties. One thing to clarify, the south side gang Almighty Ambrose has nothing to with this family and the “Almighty” that Ambrose goes by is not an alliance it is only for Ambrose.