The Earle Mack School of Law Chapter of the ACS is proud to welcome Mary Beth Tinker, plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case, Tinker v Des Moines. After being suspended from school in 1965 for wearing a black armband to mourn the Vietnam War dead, Tinker and other students prevailed when the Court ruled by 7-2 in their favor.
Tinker will be headlining the āTinker Tourā, a bus (or RV) tour across the country to promote youth voices, free speech and a free press.
ā2013, the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham Childrensā Crusade,the March on Washington and so much civil rights history is a fitting time for a student free speech tour,ā Tinker said. āIn our case, the Supreme Court cited Mississippiās student activists to define studentsā rights today. So, as we celebrate the power of youth voices that brought us so far, we also celebrate the young people who keep moving democracy forward by speaking up today.ā
According to Lexus Nexus, the Tinker ruling has been cited in student cases almost 6,000 times, and set a precedent for studentsā rights that remains today. It is included in most high school civics and history textbooks because of its significance.
Mike Hiestand, an attorney with the Student Press Law Center, will travel with the tour to address student press rights. He has provided assistance to nearly 15,000 student journalists.
āAlmost 50 years ago, we made a difference with just an armband,ā Tinker said. āNow, students are using so many other tools to make a difference and keep the First Amendment alive. Weāre looking forward to hearing their experiences.ā