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"Frank’s transformation provides us commanding proof that reconciliation is possible even for those most tightly bound by hatred."
    - Jesse Dylan, Video and Documentary Director
Frank Meeink - From Hatred to Harmony
Frank Meeink - Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead
Frank Meeink, From Hatred to Harmony: Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead - Who is Frank?

Book Review: Don't Plan on Putting This Book Down!

"I got home late to find that it had finally arrived! My wife pre-ordered it from Amazon back in December for my birthday, so I had a long wait. I thought, "I'll just read a chapter or two before going to bed". Although I twice closed it and turned the light off knowing that I needed to get up to work early the next morning, I turned the light back on, opened it back up, and continued reading until I finished it at about 4 a.m. The lost sleep was definitely worth it.

My first thought was, "Wow. I've led a pretty sheltered life." I've never thought that before. I've had a much more diverse life than the vast majority of people I know, but it's no comparison to what I read about Frank's life.

The [final] thing that sets this book apart from other books of this genre is the way it speaks openly without turning into bragging. Other authors either water down the past to make themselves look better, or they write with a "look how bad I was!" bravado that leads me to question the sincerity of their reformation. With them I found myself thinking, "You're just sorry you got caught". This book went to the edge but didn't fall over the precipice into boasting. I've never read anything that balanced that so masterfully. "

- David, Amazon.Com reader submitted review

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Who is Frank? Frank’s violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate. He made easy prey for a small group of skinhead gang recruiters. At fourteen, he shaved his head. By seventeen, Frank was hosting a cable access show called "The Reich" to recruit more people into the neo-nazi movement. By eighteen, he was doing hard time in an Illinois prison.

In prison he befriended men he used to think he hated, men of different races. Out of prison Meeink tried to rejoin his old skinhead pals, but couldn't bring himself to hate those he knew to be his friends. A Jewish doctor offered to get rid of his neo-nazi tattoos covering much of his body.

Behind bars, Frank began to question his hatred, thanks in large part to his African-American teammates on a prison football league. Shortly after being paroled, Frank defected from the white supremacy movement. The Oklahoma City bombing inspired him to try to stop the hatred he once had felt. He began speaking on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League and appeared on MTV and other national networks in his efforts to stop the hate.

In time, Frank partnered with the Philadelphia Flyers to launch an innovative hate prevention program called Harmony Through Hockey. He developed a similar program in Central Iowa. He is featured a film directed by Jessee Dylan with Desmond Tutu called "Reconcilliation", an independent film featuring Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker called "The Experiment", and appeared in a music video with Jamey Johnson called "High Cost of Living".

Iowa Pulic Radio's interview on March 30, 2010

National Public Radio's interview on April 7, 2010 WNYC Radio

Frank has worked as director of fan development for American Hockey League teams. He has been on the national lecture circuit for nearly a decade, speaking to various groups on the topic of racial diversity and acceptance.

Here is a video of Frank as a guest with Katie Couric...

Philadelphia's Channel 6 Action News did an interview with Frank in October, 2010...


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