|Mother of Matthew Shepard Will Speak April 16
For release: April 5, 2007
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In 1998 Judy Shepard lost her son, Matthew, to a murder that was spawned by anti-gay hatred. Turning tragedy into a crusade for justice, she established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on his legacy.
Judy Shepard will speak at the University of Memphis at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. Her talk is free and open to the public.
Matthew Shepard was a 21-year-old Wyoming college student when he was savagely beaten to death because of his homosexuality. Since his death, Judy Shepard has testified before the U.S. Senate in support of the Hate Crime Prevention Act and is a frequent speaker on the subject.Her talk at the U of M is sponsored by the Honors Student Council, the Stonewall Tigers, the Student Activities Council, Student Event Allocation, and Student Leadership and Involvement. For more information, call 901-678-8679.
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