Winona State University will host “Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead” with Frank Meeink at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the East Hall of Kryzsko Commons.
Meeink is a former skinhead turned activist. He endured a violent childhood in south Philadelphia, and was later recruited and joined a skinhead gang. In his book, “Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead,” Meeink talks about his descent into America’s Nazi underground system.
By 18, Meeink was in prison. His involvement, friendships and time spent on the prison football league with African American teammates and friends made him question his previous hatred. Out of prison, he began speaking on behalf of the Anti-Defamation league and became an avid activist to stop skinhead recruitment, especially in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Meeink also partnered with the Philadelphia Flyers to launch a hate prevention program, Harmony Through Hockey.
This event is free and open to the public.
The event is sponsored by WSU’s Inclusion and Diversity Office. It is also part of WSU’s 2015-16 University Theme, “Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community.” The 2015-16 University Theme is about upholding people’s rights, valuing diversity, challenging intolerance, and making institutional change around issues of social justice.
For more information contact Alex Hines at AHines@winona.edu.