Roanoke College Announces Lecture by Hate Crime Victim's Mother

SALEM, Va. - Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, the victim of a murder motivated by anti-gay hate, will offer a speech at Roanoke College titled "The Legacy of Matthew Shepard: An End to Hate" on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the C. Homer Bast Center. Complimentary tickets are required and may be obtained online at or by calling the Colket Center Information Desk at (540) 378-5125.

Turning tragedy into a crusade for justice and determined to prevent Matthew's fate from befalling others, Judy Shepard established The Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on her son's legacy. She travels the country throughout the year speaking at colleges, corporations and religious institutions to share Matthew's story and educate others about the dangers of hate and intolerance.

Shepard's appearance at Roanoke is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Community Programs, the Campus Activities Board and the student organization known as Lambda Alliance.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.