Gang Members Give the ‘Gang Peace Sign’ at a Stop The Gang Killing Unity Rally at The Victoria V Theatre
April 5, 1994. Silver gelatin photographic print. 14 x 11 in. Holograph caption and photo credit to recto. Very good, minor creases and bumps to right side of print and edges. Notes for printing written on verso. Item #6597
Photograph of the crowd at a gang summit and unity rally held at Harlem’s Victoria Theatre on
April 5, 1994. Organized by the Nation of Islam, the rally was a convening of about 300 members of New York youth gangs including the Zulu Nation, Latin Kings, and others to discuss and visualize peace across New York. Other speakers included Reverend Al Sharpton and police leader Eric Adams, who during the 1990s coordinated police patrols with Nation of Islam community patrols in surveilling housing projects in low-income neighborhoods throughout the city. While largely a New York-focused event, there was also representation from Los Angeles Crips, offering a West Coast perspective to the topics of unity and community building from youth gangs in the 1990s.