A former white supremacist and a man whose father was killed in the 2012 shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek will promote peace together Sunday at Monona Terrace.
The “Moving Past Hate” event will feature speakers Pardeep Kaleka, a psychotherapist and former Milwaukee police officer, and Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist and former lead singer of a band that preached racial hatred.
Kaleka’s father was among six people killed at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek by Michael Page, a white supremacist who was living in Cudahy at the time. Kaleka has since founded the Serve2Unite organization, which seeks to empower students through mentorships and service-learning projects.
Michaelis was a founding member of the Northern Hammerskins, a white supremacist group, and former singer for Centurion, a hate-metal band that sold 20,000 albums in the mid-1990s.
Since becoming a single father to his daughter and hearing from those he affected, Michaelis turned his life around. He authored “My Life After Hate” about his experience.
The free event begins at 1:30 p.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. It will take place in Exhibition Hall A at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is scheduled to make opening remarks. The event will also feature Masood Akhtar, a prominent member of Madison’s Muslim community, a documentary on the Oak Creek temple attack, and a question-and-answer segment.
The event is being hosted by United Against Hate, an organization Akhtar started.