Mary Beth Tinker was a plaintiff in the landmark students' rights case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, involving free speech. When Mary Beth, her brother John, and their friend Chris Eckhardt wore black armbands to school to signify their support for ending the Vietnam War, they were suspended from their public school in Des Moines, Iowa. They sued the school district, and their case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which held in 1969 that students (and teachers) have First Amendment rights in school that cannot be censored. Mary Beth Tinker, a pediatric nurse, will speak with NCSS participants as part of the Tinker Tour, stopping at schools throughout the country to bring the Constitution to life. Read more about the speakers confirmed for the conference.
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