Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the playhouse where President Abraham Lincoln was shot, will be hosting a series of events during September and October focusing on hate crimes. The series is in conjunction with the performance of the play The Laramie Project, the play about the town of Laramie’s reaction to the 1998 murder on Matthew Shepard.
From the Lincoln Legacy Project website:
Special Exhibition – Not Alone: The Power of Response
September 10 through November 3
Using as a catalyst a selection of the nearly 10,000 cards and letters that were sent to Judy and Dennis Shepard in the aftermath of their son Matthew’s murder, the exhibition considers the larger themes of empathy, community response and personal responsibility. At Ford’s Theatre, Center for Education and Leadership (second floor).
With Malice Toward None: Judy Shepard, a Mother’s Response to Hate
September 30 at 7 p.m.
Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, discusses her work to keep Matthew’s legacy alive through activism and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. With Cokie Roberts.
With Charity for All: Lives Changed by Hate
October 7 at 7 p.m.
This panel discussion focuses on and draw lessons from three incidents connected to gender, sexual orientation, racial or cultural bias. Featuring Dave O’Malley (former Laramie sheriff during the Matthew Shepard murder investigation and trial); Billy Rowles (former Jasper sheriff during the James Byrd Jr. murder investigation and trial; and members of KhushDC.