In 1998, a young gay man named Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming. That same year, James Byrd, Jr., an African American man, was dragged three miles behind a pick-up truck by white supremacists in Jasper, Texas. These two brutal murders brought national and international attention to hate crimes. On October 28, 2009, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law and the significance of its passing continues to have a substantial impact on our society. Judy & Dennis Shepard, Matthew’s parents, are coming all the way from Wyoming to deliver the keynote address at this forum. There will be time for Q&A and for attendees to share their views. Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or to (718) 286-6413. This event is open to the public. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.