Matthew’s Legacy: The Struggle for Equality and Acceptance, a discussion featuring Judy Shepard, mother of slain University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 17th at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.

Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation will present the community conversation on the legacy of Shepard, who died in 1998 in a murder that authorities said was motivated by anti-gay sentiments.

The event is presented in partnership with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Santa Monica College, and the Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council.

Turning tragedy into a crusade for justice, and determined to prevent her son’s fate from befalling others, Judy Shepard established the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Shepard is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed, a look at how her life and the entire fight for equal rights changed when her son was killed.

The free event is the tenth in Facing History’s Community Conversations series in Los Angeles, which brings prominent authors, filmmakers and policy leaders into communities to discuss topics of civic participation, individual and collective responsibility and diversity.

To RSVP for the May 17th community conversation, www.facinghistory.org/allstate/, or (213) 202-2811 ext. 21.

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