Mary Beth Tinker speaks at Capital Teach-In


Mary Beth Tinker, one of the plaintiffs in the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court decision Tinker v. Des Moines, talks to teachers at the AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division Capital Teach-In at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Tinker talked about her decision to wear a black armband to school in 1965, which resulted in her being suspended. The ACLU offered to cover her parents’ legal fees, and the case wound its way through the courts. “I was a good girl, had good grades and was a minister’s daughter. I wasn’t sure I should wear the armband,” she said. But she did, and her mathematics teacher informed her that she had violated her school’s code of conduct.  (Photo by David W. Bulla)

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