Tinker Tour Week 10 In Review

We began this busy week with stops in Des Moines, Iowa. We went to the First Unitarian Church — the historic site at which students decided they would wear their now famous black armbands…

…And John and Mary Beth’s lawyer, Dan Johnston, was there to meet us-

Thanks for your integrity and courage through the years, Dan!

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Mike with Dan Johnston at First Unitarian Church

Mary Beth and John also got to speak at the schools from which they were suspended in 1965…

…And were honored with a locker dedication that we hope will perpetuate our celebration of the First Amendment.

We spent the rest of the week in Missouri, first stopping at the US Courthouse where Mike and Mary Beth got to speak to students from Mary Beth’s high school…

…And then heading to St. Louis University

…Before a long stop at the National Council for the Social Studies National Convention

St Louis Convention

…where we met up with Freedom Fighter Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey…

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Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey

…and had a great time talking with social studies teachers…

So honored to meet Karen Korematsu, daughter of courageous Fred Korematsu, who challenged Japanese internment during WW II.

…and the amazing Karen Korematsu, daughter of courageous Fred Korematsu, who challenged Japanese internment during WW II.  She keeps his legacy alive, and our Constitution.

 We’ve all had a great time in St. Louis. Gabby, too…

 Gabby & Arch

…But this afternoon, we’re excited to be speaking at the Unitarian Church in Columbia. And tomorrow we’ll be in Kansas City for our very last stop on the fall tour…We cannot believe it’s already here!

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Miles traveled this week: 601

Miles traveled on Tinker Tour to date: 10,826

(Does not include Mike’s 2,989 mile trip from Ferndale, WA, to deliver the Tinker Bus to the Liberty Bell for the tour’s official kickoff Sept. 17.)

Coming Up in Week 11:

Sunday:

AM: National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) National Convention, St. Louis, Mo.

PM: Columbia, Mo.

Monday: Blue Valley West High School, Kansas City, Mo.
Thanksgiving Day: Weather (and life) permitting, Gabby and Mike arrive home in Washington State!

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