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"Frank, thank you so much for sharing your story with IUS last Wednesday. You are a true inspiration to anyone who struggles with a hardship. Your words were so addicting and it kept me wanting to know more! That my friend is a true gift itself. I wish you the best. Much Love!"
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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?

Dear Frank,

"In all my life ive thought that no one could relate to me and no one has just as bad luck as I do. I never thought that in all my experience I would find someone who has been through so much just as I have.

When we read your book it touched me. I realized that all the people that hurt me the most were my own family. Now the only family I have is my 5 month pregnant girlfriend and my brothers. Reading your book made it all that much easier to understand i'm not the only one that has been completely screwed over and that no matter what happens I can still come out on top. I can finally relate to someone. Iíve been through a lot of stuff that you have, not the same way, but similar. Some things I will not share because my pride wonít let me. But more than anyone will know I feel strong now that I am doing better for my life because of what you went through. Itís amazing that so much suffering can cause someone else some good. But then again people make others suffer for there pleasure.

I am so grateful to be in the freedom writers program and my amazing teachers Mrs. S and Mr. C. my beliefs are still there but with the help from god as I understand him I can recover from not just drugs but from unhealthy beliefs.

Thank you so much Frank,
"

- Kiley

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Who is Frank? Frankís 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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