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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Arno Michaelis was a leader of a worldwide racist skinhead organization, a reverend of a self-declared Racial Holy War, and lead singer of the hate-metal band Centurion, which sold 20,000 CDs by the mid-nineties and is still popular with racists today.
Single parenthood, love for his daughter, and the forgiveness shown by people he once hated all helped to turn Arno's life around, bringing him to embrace diversity and practice gratitude for all life. After spending over a decade as a successful information technology consultant and entrepreneur, Arno is now a speaker, author of My Life After Hate , and very fortunate to be able to share his ongoing process of character development as an educator working with Serve 2 Unite . Founded as an ongoing peaceful response to the August 5th 2012 Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, WI, S2U engages students creatively with a global network of peacemakers and mentors in partnership with Against Violent Extremism , The Forgiveness Project , Arts @ Large , and Parents for Peace.
Arno’s customizable keynotes and workshops leverage noble qualities of compassion, curiosity, and kindness to engage all human beings, building foundations for diversity appreciation and cultural agility. Learn more at http://mylifeafterhate.com
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“Arno was excellent. He was very unassuming and interacted very well with students, faculty and staff…His story is compelling and holds your attentionand taught well how hate and fear can be used to create division and personal harm or loss. He then transitioned to talking about Serve 2 Unite and the power of love in building bridges and community engagement with diverse members. I had to pull him out of the room for the start of another event. People stayed behind to ask him more questions and take photos with him and he graciously complied. He was great! I would recommend him to others.”