Stand Up! Speak Up! Youth & the First Amendment

Mary Beth Tinker and John Tinker

Monday, 25 Feb 2019 at 7:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union

In 1965, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker, 15-year-old John Tinker and 16- year-old Christopher Eckhardt were suspended from their Des Moines, Iowa, school for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War. Four years later, the Supreme Court decision that resulted from their lawsuit was a glorious victory for the First Amendment rights of students. Mary Beth Tinker and John Tinker will discuss the significance of their historic Supreme Court case especially in the current political climate. Mark Stringer, ACLU of Iowa Director, will moderate. Part of the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy and the First Amendment Day Series

Cosponsored By:
  • ACLU of Iowa
  • First Amendment Series
  • National Affairs
  • Patricia Miller Fund
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

Stay for the entire event, including the brief question-and-answer session that follows the formal presentation. Most events run 75 minutes.

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