Tinker v. Des Moines: Protecting the Voices of Our Youth

February 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm

During the Vietnam War, 13-year-old Mary Beth and 16-year-old John Tinker were suspended from their Des Moines schools for wearing black armbands to protest the war. With the help of the ACLU of Iowa, they sued and changed the course of student free speech forever.

On February 24, 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Tinker v. Des Moines. As the Court famously wrote, a student’s freedom of expression should not end at the schoolhouse gate. Now the Tinkers are back in Iowa to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tinker v. The Des Moines Independent School District. 

Join the Mary Beth and John in a panel discussion highlighting the significance of the historic decision and what it means in the current political climate. This panel discussion will be facilitated by ACLU of Iowa Executive Director Mark Stringer. Iowa Law Professor and Director of Master of Studies in Law program Christina Bohannan will also be on the panel.  

A reception for the Tinkers will be held at the Old Capitol at 6:00 for ACLU supporters and friends. If you would like to attend, please RSVP before Feb. 20 to sarah.conroy@aclu-ia.org

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