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June 24, 2010

At A Glance

Meeink reads from "Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead" July 13

Frank Meeink will read from "Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story as Told to Jody M. Roy, Ph.D.," a graphic telling of his descent into America's Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over drugs and hatred, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Meeink was primed to hate by a violent childhood in South Philadelphia, as the son of an abusive, junkie father. By age 16 he had become one of the most notorious skinhead gang leaders on the East Coast and by 18 was doing hard time.

In prison, after teaming up with African-American players in a prison football league, he learned to question his hatred, and his transformation was accelerated by the Oklahoma City bombing.

When released on parole, he became a public speaker, sharing his experiences and helping others understand the nature of hatred.

An academic and an activist, Roy is the author of "Love to Hate: America's Obsession with Hatred and Violence" and "Rhetorical Campaigns of the 19th Century Anti-Catholics and Catholics in America."


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