“Ignorance is loud, but compassion is louder!”
Growing up in South Florida, Angela King struggled with her identity. She became confused about the messages she received from her church and family on issues like sexual identity and racial stereotypes. Disenfranchised, Angela began acting out and felt welcomed for the first time by a group of racist skinheads: “They were angry and hated everyone. They made me feel like part of a family.” Entrenched in the racist underground, crime became an increasingly important part of Angela’s life. Though the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing made Angela reconsider her beliefs, she knew that abandoning her skinhead affiliates would result in retaliation.
Angela was arrested in 1998 and sentenced to six years in prison for her part in an armed robbery of a Jewish-owned store. Angela was released from prison three years early, in 2001, for good behavior and cooperation with the authorities. She has since graduated from the University of Central Florida with an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Angela routinely works as a keynote speaker, consultant, and character educator in schools, communities, religious centers and elsewhere. She has been interviewed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Public Radio, the National Resource Center for Racial Healing, and A Safe Place to Talk About Race with Sharon E. Davis, among others, and has received several recognitions and awards for her dedication and support of Prejudice Reduction, Building Communities of Justice, as well as Holocaust education.
Some of Angela’s recent activities and work include: delegate and panelist at the Google Summit Against Violent Extremism (Dublin, Ireland, June 2011); panelist at a 9/11 related commemoration event sponsored by the Department of Homeland Securities’ Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism program (Washington D.C., September 2011); Editor-In-Chief, character educator for LifeAfterHate.org; and is currently writing a memoir vis-á-vis her time inside and out of the racist underground.