Tinker Tour will launch in September

Mary Beth Tinker will tour the country to promote civics education and speak to students about their constitutional rights.

Neither "students nor teachers shed their constitutional rights ... at the schoolhouse gate." With this ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines in 1969, the Supreme Court brought the Constitution to life for millions of students.

Now, students will have a chance to hear the story from Mary Beth Tinker herself. At age 13, she became a plaintiff in the case when she and other students wore black armbands to school to mourn the dead in Vietnam.  

This Constitution Day, September 17, Tinker will launch a "Tinker Tour" of the U.S. to share her story, promote civics education and hear how students are using the Constitution today in their own lives. She will be joined by attorney Mike Hiestand of the
Student Press Law Center
The American Society of News Editors has joined a number of civics education, civil rights and journalism groups in endorsing the Tinker Tour. We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for students to see that real people -- like themselves -- are the ones who keep democracy alive!

You can support and learn more about the Tinker Tour here.