Sunday, October 6, 2013

Lincoln Legacy Project: Laramie Project Discussion

KhushDC board member will be speaking on a panel discussion on hate crimes during the Ford Theater's Lincoln Legacy Project, which will focus on the Matthew Shepard case.

We'd like to invite the KhushDC community and our friends to join us at this free-to-attend event at the Ford Theater (UPDATE: Due to the federal government shutdown, the location has been changed to 514 10th St.) on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7pm. Also, we encourage you to watch the production of The Laramie Project, which runs at the Ford Theater from Sept. 27 - Oct. 27.


Date: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
Time: 7pm
Location: 514 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Cost: Free

The Discussion

To gain perspective on hate crimes that continue to plague our country, Ford’s Theatre will host a panel discussion that focuses on and draws lessons from incidents connected to gender, sexual orientation, racial or cultural bias. Featured speakers included:

Dave O’Malley: Dave O’Malley is a Wyoming native who, after graduating from the University of Wyoming, joined the Laramie Police Department. O’Malley was the lead investigator into the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. Following the murder investigation, a journey of personal awakenings occurred in his life. Since 1999, O’Malley has worked diligently with Judy Shepard and the Human Rights Campaign through the evolution of the Matthew Shepard Act/James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. O’Malley is currently Sheriff of Albany County, Wyoming.

Billy Rowles: Billy Rowles is a fourth generation East Texan. He joined the Marines after high school and served two tours in Vietnam. He attended state college and, shortly after, began his career as a Trooper in Jasper County Texas. Rowles was elected Jasper County Sheriff in 1996 and held this position during the 1998 murder of James Byrd, Jr. Among his awards, Rowles is the recipient of the Exceptional Service Award from former Attorney General Janet Reno.

Moderator Jonathan Capehart: Capehart is a member of The Washington Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog. He also appears regularly as an MSNBC contributor. Previously, Capehart was deputy editor of New York Daily News’s editorial page and prior to that was a member of the Daily News editorial board. Capehart and the Daily News editorial board won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.

The Lincoln Legacy Project

The Lincoln Legacy Project is a multi-year effort to create dialogue in our nation’s capital around the issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance. Each fall, through a series of cornerstone theatre productions, educational programs and special events, Ford’s takes a closer look at racial and religious intolerance, social injustice and civil rights in American history and contemporary society. Through a diversity of programming, the Lincoln Legacy Project is designed to encourage people of differing viewpoints to engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue about tolerance and understanding.

The Laramie Project

To watch the The Laramie Project production on stage, please visit: