The 50th Anniversary of the Tinker v. Des Moines Schools Decision

Feb 22, 2019  | 2 hrs  | 
Mary Beth Tinker was a 13-year-old junior high school student in December 1965 when she, her brother John, 15, and a group of Iowa students wore black armbands to school to protest the war in Vietnam. That decision led the students and their families to embark on a four-year court battle that culminated in the landmark 1969 U.S. Supreme Court decision for student free speech: Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Iowa Public Television will be live streaming a presentation and Q&A with Mary Beth and John Tinker as they reflect on the case and its impact. Presented live from the State Historical Museum of Iowa, the program will begin at 12:30pm Central Time on Friday, February 22, 2019. 
Access to this live stream is free and open to the public. 
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Students and teachers are encouraged to submit questions to be considered for the Q&A with Mary Beth and John Tinker via Twitter using the hashtag #tinkerversary or by completing this online form in advance of the event.
Find out More about Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District
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Live Event Partner:
State Historical Society of Iowa


Photo: Steven Petteway/Supreme Court Historical Society