News related to Frank Meeink

Author of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, 2nd edition

American History X released in 1998 based on Frank Meeink’s story, Autobiography of A Recovering Skinhead, presaged our current climate.

16 Jan 2018|

Watch 10 Things You Never Knew about American History X such as this role earned Edward Norton an Oscar Nomination and information about Frank Meeink.


Dr. Cornel West
“Frank Meeink’s book is a candid and captivating story of upbeat transformation of a raw racist into a courageous citizen which has much to teach all of us. Don’t miss it!”
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This new edition of the acclaimed Frank Meeink story includes a preface by the author, nine new chapters, an updated epilogue, and resource guides for substance abuse recovery and countering racism. Frank Meeink has been a contributor to CNN, Fox News, NPR, BBC...Forward

“Ex-Neo Nazis Explain What’s Driving the Alt-Right,” by Annie Armstrong for Vice

28 Feb 2017|

Very little has felt as satisfying to watch as the famed white supremacist/founder of the “alt-right” movement, Richard Spencer getting clocked in the face during an interview last month. The clip spurned a fervent argument online about whether or not it’s okay to punch a neo-Nazi—but it goes without saying that as cathartic as punching a white supremacist in the face may be, it won’t get us much closer to figuring out how to reckon with them.

Talking with ex neo-Nazis themselves might, so...Forward

Cosmopolitan reports that best-selling author Jodi Picoult influenced by Autobiography of A Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story as told to Jody M. Roy Ph.D. when writing her new novel, Small Great Things

20 Oct 2016|

10 Books That Influenced Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things
Best-selling author Jodi Picoult recommends social justice must-reads that informed her latest novel, which tackles racism and prejudice in America.
By Heeseung Kim

“It’s based on the life of Frankie, who was the second [former white supremacist] I spoke with, who led a very violent crew in the Philadelphia area. In prison, he was playing a long-standing poker game, and there was a kid his age who was his partner, and the two of...Forward

Caleb Powell’s Arguments Worth Having: Interviews/Conversations includes Hawthorne authors: Poe Ballantine, Gregory Martin, Frank Meeink, David Shields, and Lidia Yuknavitch

25 Sep 2014|

Caleb Powell is a writer, teacher and family man who lives in Seattle.

To read his interviews with Hawthorne authors and Eula Biss. Andie Trosper DeRoux, Saadia Haq, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Ander Monson, Peter Mountford, and Jervey Tervalon, go to Arguments Worth Having.

TakePart Live Interview with Frank Meeink, of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead

01 Nov 2013|

Watch the Frank Meeink interview on TakePart Live.

Unusual Friendship Turns a Skinhead’s Life Around, by Eric Berger

26 Oct 2013|

When Barry Morrison and Frank Meeink first met in 1995, both men were anxious.

Morrison, the director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Philadelphia office, did not want Meeink to come to his office, not surprising given that Meeink, a former skinhead who had only recently been released from prison, had brutally beaten people in the past and regularly celebrated Hitler’s birthday.

But Meeink, who had served one year for kidnapping and beating a rival gang member, had been shaken by the...Forward

Frank Meeink meets Marshalltown

14 Oct 2013|

From the Times Republican

Frank Meeink, left, of Des Moines, is shown listening to Lee Bergen, of Marshalltown, after Meeink’s presentation at the Marshalltown Public Library Tuesday. Meeink, an author, public speaker and consultant, spoke to about 80 central Iowans about his life as a recovering skinhead in a program called “From Hatred to Harmony,” co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, the Not In Our Town initiative and Iowa...Forward

Frank Meeink: From Hatred to Harmony, Times Republican, by Mike Donahey

23 Sep 2013|

Former skinhead now advocates for tolerance, diversity

Fear was a double edged sword for Frank Meeink.

He generated fear as a young skinhead gang member in South Philadelphia.

“I would see the fear in people’s eyes,” Meeink said. “I liked that. It made feel powerful.”
But Meeink was fearful himself.

He was afraid of being hungry. He was afraid of being abused by his step-father. He looked up to drug dealers, ex-convicts and others outside the law.

“Hard guys,” he called them.

To read the...Forward

Hawthorne Books and Rockingstone Media formed a development group designed to bring Hawthorne authors to film and television. Rhonda Hughes, publisher of Hawthorne Books said, “We are proud to announce our first film option agreement with East Gate Entertainment for Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story as told to Jody M. Roy, Ph.D.” Frank Meeink is a renowned Anti-Hate activist, professional speaker, and the host of The Frankie Meeink Show on Web Cast One Live.

Frank Meeink of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead gets his last cover-up.

19 Jun 2013|

Frank Meeink gets the last of his racist tattoos covered-up. You can listen to Frank’s radio show here.

Frank Meeink now has his own radio show

05 Apr 2013|

Tune in tonight for The Frankie Meeink Show! - LIVE 8-9PM CST on Webcast Live.

Frank Meeink on CNN’s Starting Point this morning discussing the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

02 Apr 2013|

If you weren’t watching Starting Point this morning at 7AM, and missed Frank Meeink discussing the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, go to the CNN website to watch now.

Frank Meeink on CNN tomorrow discussing the murders of Texas prosecutors

01 Apr 2013|

Prosecutor Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were shot to death, in Kaufman, Texas. Prior to this incident, Kaufman County assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse was killed as well as Colorado prisons director, Tom Clements. McLelland’s office was one of numerous Texas and federal agencies involved in a multiple-year investigation that led to the 2012 indictment of 34 alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, including four of its senior leaders—on racketeering charges. Frank Meeink will...Forward

The Jewish Press on Frank Meeink: Reformed Skinhead Sharing his Antisemitic Past

05 Mar 2013|

From the Jewish Press:

Speaking at Iowa Central Community College Tuesday, Meeink related how he submitted to having his head shaved, to officially become a skinhead. His initiation included learning “the truth” about Jews.

Meeink had a swastika tattooed on his neck, and the words “Native Philly” on his head. “I didn’t get accolades from the neo-Nazi Christian Identity movement for doing good in school,” he said. “I got accolades for violent deeds, and I liked that.”


Today’s Backlist Beauty: Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead

14 Feb 2013|

Remember Katie Couric’s interview with Frank Meeink? Hard Copy‘s coverage? Refresh your memory with these interview snippets. Frank continues to lecture nationally and you can keep track of him at his website, From Hatred to Harmony.

Find out more about the book, and get your own copy here.