ST. LOUIS - Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in 1998, will discuss her new book, "The Meaning of Matthew," during the Fontbonne University/KMOX Book Club. The book club will take place Monday, Sept. 21, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, in the Lewis Room of the Library.
The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 314-444-1827 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a name and phone number and reference the "September" book club to reserve a spot today.
"The foundation and the work of Judy Shepard is important because it reminds us to stand against intolerance, bigotry and hatred and to embrace our differences and similarities," said Leslie Doyle, director of multicultural affairs at Fontbonne. "Fontbonne values diversity, inclusion and respect for the dear neighbor without distinction. This is a great opportunity for us to live our mission and educate leaders to serve a world in need."
Shepard's new book discusses life with her son, Matthew, and the loss and change her family experienced after his murder in Laramie, Wyo., on Oct. 12, 1998. After Matthew's death, Shepard and her husband, Dennis, chose to become gay rights activists, founding the Matthew Shepard Foundation to educate and enlighten others on the importance of diversity, understanding, compassion, acceptance and respect. The organization provides educational, outreach and advocacy programs and continues to tell Matthew's story through its work.
Learn more about the Fontbonne University/KMOX Book Club.
NOTE: Should on-site parking should fill up, additional parking is available off-site at the old CBC high school (6501 Clayton Rd.). A free shuttle bus runs from this lot to Fontbonne's main campus every 10 to 15 minutes.