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Former Skinhead and Neo-Nazi to speak at Penn State Fayette March 24

3/18/2011 —

Former Skinhead and Neo-Nazi Frank Meeink will share his message of harmony, tolerance and diversity through his lecture “From Hatred to Harmony” March 24 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The free event is open to the public and will be held at 6 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the campus’ Community Center. The event is sponsored by the Penn State Fayette Coalition for Equity.

Meeink’s violent childhood in south Philadelphia fueled his hatred at an early age. At 14 he shaved his head and, by 16, he was one of the most notorious skinhead gang leaders on the East Coast. By the age of 18, Meeink found himself in an Illinois prison. It was during his time behind bars when Meeink began befriending men he had thought he hated. Once he was released, Meeink tried to rejoin his skinhead faction, but found he was unable to hate the friends he made while in prison. Meeink then decided to redirect his energy and partner with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers to create a hate prevention program called Harmony through Hockey. The program promotes racial harmony through team building and athletic competition.

Currently, Meeink travels the country speaking out against hate. He has appeared in a film directed by Jessee Dylan with Desmond Tutu titled “Reconciliation,” was involved with the independent film “The Experiment” starring Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker, and appeared in a music video with Jamey Johnson called “High Cost of Living.”

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