Guest Speaker: Turning Away From Hate

MARCH 19, 2019

A female, former Neo-Nazi skinhead is now working to prevent others from following her path to extremism.  Shannon Martinez is sharing her story about how she was lured into the movement as a young lady growing up in Georgia.  She recently talked with students and faculty with Georgia State University’s College of Arts & Sciences.

The Department of Communications hosted the lecture. The event was moderated by Dr. Mia Bloom and Dr. Yannick Veilleux-Lepage, both part of the University’s Transcultural and Violent Extremism initiative. Martinez has spent the past two decades developing resources aimed at discouraging individuals against violence.

Martinez shared her own personal experiences and highlighted strategies she has found effective to counter extremism.  Martinez now focuses on preventing others from joining fringe groups. To learn more about her story, visit the website:

Shannon Martinez addresses her Neo-Nazi past and shares her work to counter extremism

Dr. Mia Bloom and Dr. Yannick Veilleux-Lepage moderated the discussion on countering extremism with former Neo-Nazi skinhead Shannon Martinez

Faculty and students listen to Shannon Martinez describe her upbringing and what led her into the Neo-Nazi movement

The free event was hosted by the University’s Department of Communications