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Tinker Tour

 

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In 1965, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker made history by wearing black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War. After being suspended for her actions, Tinker won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1969, with the Court declaring that neither teachers nor students “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

The Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent School District ruling continues to protect students’ rights and has been cited by judges in more than 6,000 student cases.

Today, Tinker travels across the country as part of an historic “Tinker Tour” to share her story and advocate for First Amendment Rights to students at different colleges, universities, and public schools.

Tinker has invited attorney Mike Hiestand to shed light on current freedom of speech cases and how students are keeping the First Amendment alive today. Hiestand has helped more than 15,000 students, teachers and administrators on First Amendment Rights among youths.

The Tinker Tour is coming to Eugene to do a presentation on what the First Amendment means, and how and when students can express it.
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