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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
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"Im sure you get a ton of "fan-mail" about your book but I thought I'd be the one-millionth person to tell you that it was an amazing work of written literature.

Im not a book worm per say, but on occasion (and a very rare one at that) I find a good read. About a year ago I was in ***store name omitted*** picking out some books on various topics to send to my boyfriend who was over seas in Iraq at the time. I was looking around and I happened to skim over the title of your book. At first I was skeptical and did what you arent supposed to do, judge a book by its cover. I walked away and continued by search for other books. For some reason your book kept sticking out in my mind. I thought, for shits and giggles Ill buy it and see what its all about. I started reading it that night and I was so blown away by the very first chapter I couldnt put it down.

I am a child of domestic violence. It broke my heart to think of you as a young child in the position you were in. As I continued with the book I felt like I knew exactly who you were. Like you were someone in a close circle of mine. The vivid re-enactments of your life portraid through your book is absolutely outstanding.

I could go on and on about every detail of every page of the book; however, I will spare you! Just know that I felt for you in quite a few situations you were in because I too, have been there. Im so glad you took you life and turned it in the opposite direction. Im also very impressed at the fact you are not only writing a book, but you are going out and speaking and doing great things for the communities you encounter.

I know we arent friends/family/acquaintences, but I am proud of you."

- T, from CA

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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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