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"your book has really made me open my eyes to the hate and crime in the world. it has also opened my eyes to the power people have to change."
    - Shayla M.
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?

Hi frank,

"Let me start by saying I am 39 and i just got your book by accident. with the [store name omitted] store going out of business i ran accross your book this past friday and finished it yesterday. You are someone that I have put on my list as somoeone that I want to meet. First off i was one almost you. I had all the makings of going your route when i was 16 I met some really cool skins when I was working one night at my job at alpha beta in [city name omitted] ca they told me they were in town for a rally and gave me some letiture and said if I was interested to show up at thier party that night. Lets just say to this day I still wonder what whould have happend if I showed up. The only reason I didnt is because my best friend was korean and I just didnt believe in following the movement based on race when I knew that my friend was willing to give his life for me as I did for him. we both hated every other race but I knew they wouldnt except that so I choose not to go.

we were both into the the punk scene and believed in all that. after reading your book this past weekend it brought up some past emotions and i think you are a incredible human being and what you have done to turn your life around is nothing short or a mericle. I have been through a ton not as bad as what you went through but close. the one thing that made me change my views on race relations was the day I found out i was going to be a dad which was 10 years ago and I didnt want to pass on my hatred to my son my beliefs were mine and I wanted my son to make his own views. After watching the videos on your site I am going to do a 3 day fast and see if my life changes the way u did.

I am starting this wednesday. I have a bucket list ! and now I just added meeting you to that list. I hope life is ! good for you."

- L

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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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