Material for teaching and learning about Mary Beth Tinker

Tom McHale

Mary Beth Tinker was a thirteen-year-old middle school student when she knowingly broke school rules to express her opposition to the Vietnam War. Her actions and fight for her right to express herself would eventually be heard by the Supreme Court. Their decision in 1969 established for the first time that students have First Amendment rights while in school.

The GSSPA is excited to have Mary Beth├é┬áTinker as the keynote speaker at this year’s Fall Press Day Conference. To learn more about Mary Beth, the Tinker Tour, and the Supreme Court case click here.

Mary Beth Tinker speaking at SPJ in 2014. Photo by Eli Hiller
'65 School Board photo
Mary Beth Tinker with her mother at a Des Moines School District board meeting on December 21, 1965. Photo by Dave Penney, Des Moines Register