NEW ALBANY, IN (Sept. 29, 2010) – Former skinhead Frank Meeink will visit IU Southeast to tell the story of his previous life as a Neo-Nazi and his ultimate path to tolerance.
“Hatred to Harmony” will present the autobiography of Meeink, a recovering skinhead, at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 29, in the Hoosier Room. Meeink will discuss his descent into America’s Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over hatred and addiction.
Meeink became a skinhead at age 13. Within five years, he was a Neo-Nazi recruiter who hosted a cable-access TV show called “The Reich.” Eventually, he was arrested and jailed for kidnapping and beating a member of a rival gang.
According to his website, while in prison Meeink befriended men of different races that he used to think he hated. After being released from prison, he tried to rejoin his Neo-Nazi gang but couldn’t bring himself to hate those whom he now knew to be his friends.
Meeink is now a noted speaker, author, and founder of Harmony Through Hockey. He spends his life advocating for tolerance, diversity, and mutual understanding in racial, political and all aspects of society.
For more information, visit www.frankmeeink.com.
Meeink’s presentation at IU Southeast is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the IU Southeast Student Program Council.