Any organization needs to recruit new members to stay in business and street gangs are no exception. The gangs in Uptown during the 1970s would begin befriending boys younger than ten in some cases. Joining a gang was like a rite of passage. It said you were grown up, you were powerful, you were accepted. Here, a Latin King poses with two kids from the neighborhood around Winthrop and Ainslie in Uptown.