Can gang members change for the good?

Can gang members become a positive influence in their community?

What does it take for gang members to bring peace to the streets?

These are some of the questions being explored in a new social-change exhibit, discussion and tour being sponsored by the Hull-House Museum in a program being presented 6-7pm on Thursday, August 23, at the Art In These Times Gallery, 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.

The Hull-House recently opened the exhibit, which explores the history of the Conservative Vice Lords, a street gang from North Lawndale. The CVL became a community organization that fought the effects of drugs and violence in their neighborhood. To learn more about the exhibit, go to

The program on the 23rd will be led by Benny Lee, co-curator of the exhibit and a former member of the Insane Vice Lords. He now works for TASC, and is a co-founder of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated.

The exhibit and program are free, but reservations are required. To secure your place, please email Lisa Junkin, Education Director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, at