At 13 years old Mary Beth Tinker, an eighth grade student in Des Moines, Iowa, was part of a group of students suspended from school for wearing black armbands to mourn the lives that were lost as a result of the Vietnam War. The students became embedded in history when the Supreme Court decided in 1969 that by suspending the students, the Des Moines School District violated the students’ First Amendment Right to freedom of speech.
Today, Tinker v. Des Moines appears in textbooks across the country and is used to educate students of all ages on the First Amendment.
Tinker will be in Jamestown on Monday, October 27 for a meet and greet hosted by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The event will be held at The Robert H. Jackson Center starting at 6:30 p.m. and Greg Peterson will interview Tinker at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.