Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Mary Beth Tinker - - - of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969) - - - is going "on tour" to promote "to promote youth voices, free speech and a free press" and the First Amendment. On the Tinker Tour blog, Mary Beth Tinker writes, "I made a difference with just a simple, black armband. Can you imagine what a shy 13-year-old could do today with all of the extraordinary speech tools available? We look forward to encouraging her — and sharing real-life stories about how students are keeping the First Amendment alive today." (italics and bold in original).
The iconic photo of Mary Beth Tinker shows her and her brother holding the black armbands they wore to school that were at issue in Tinker:
For a recent controversy involving students' First Amendment rights to wear expressive items to school, see our recent post regarding the en banc Third Circuit's decision on students' First Amendment rights to wear breast cancer awareness bracelets to school.