Mother of Matthew Shepard to Talk at Kent State University About Turning Tragedy Into a Crusade for Justice
Activist and speaker Judy Shepard lost her son, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, to an anti-gay hate crime in 1998. She has authored The New York Times best-selling book “The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed.” She has appeared in two Human Rights Campaign advertisements urging an end to anti-gay violence and promoting a greater understanding of gay issues. She is also actively involved with Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). In this capacity, she has written an open letter to schools across the country urging officials to make schools safer for gay students by promoting tolerance and diversity.
On April 9, Judy Shepard will share how she is using her grief to make a difference. She will host “The Legacy of Matthew Shepard.” Judy Shepard will challenge the audience to become activists in their own communities, using their grass-roots power to make their schools and neighborhoods safer places.
Members of the media are invited to attend. Judy Shepard is available for questions following her talk. If you are interested in attending, contact Emily Vincent.
Shepard is part of a series of talks planned for the 45th commemoration of May 4, 1970. For more information about Kent State’s May 4 Visitors Center, visit www.kent.edu/may4.
Thursday, April 9
Kent State University
Schwartz Center, Room 177
800 E. Summit St.
Kent, OH 44242
The event is free and open to the public, however, a free ticket is required. Some tickets can be picked up at the door starting at 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.
Jim Maxwell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-672-8028
Emily Vincent, email@example.com, 330-672-8595