Monday, September 16, 2013

Free Speech "rock star" Tinker on speaking tour

One of the pivotal cases in the area of free speech is a case from 1969, Tinker v. DesMoines 393 U.S. 503.
One of the plaintiffs was a 13 year old junior high school student in 1965, when she, and a few others, wore black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam war.  They were suspended.  Their case was decided by the Supreme Court in 1969, and has been cited over 9300 times, according to Westlaw.
Mary Beth Tinker is beginning a speaking tour today, and will visit 18 states and the District of Columbia on her "Tinker Tour" where she will speak at schools to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark decision.
You go girl!
USA Today article.
TinkerTour web site.