Matthew Shepard: Resting in Peace, Resting in Power

(Guest Post by NEA Vice President Becky Pringle)

On the last Friday in October, I solemnly entered the Washington National Cathedral, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his last Sunday sermon, where people have gathered for 100 years to memorialize our nation’s leaders and come together at times of celebration and suffering.

On this October day, I was there for Matthew Shepard’s final home-going. Twenty years after their son’s murder in Laramie, Wyo., Judy and Dennis Shepard decided that this historic cathedral was the perfect place to inter his ashes.