Serve2Unite

Arno Michaelis, left, and Pardeep Kaleka are set to speak about their respective experiences during a free event Sunday at Monona Terrace.

Serve2Unite

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.

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Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.