Tinker Turns 50

Tinker Turns 50: February  18 – 28

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A celebration of youth voices and the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling! All February events include Mary Beth & John Tinker

Monday, February 18      Des Moines, Iowa

AM:  Jefferson Elementary

PM:  Brody Middle School


Tuesday, February 19      Des Moines, Iowa

AM:  Brubaker Elementary

PM:  Hoyt MS


Wednesday, February 20     Des Moines, Iowa

AM: Hubbell Elementary

PM: Callanan MS


Thursday, February 21     Des Moines, Iowa

AM: Roosevelt HS

PM: Lincoln HS


Friday, February 22     Des Moines, Iowa

National Livestream by Iowa Public TV from State Historical Society of Iowa – all classrooms invited to tune in

Click here for more information (the live audience will be invited high school students only).

  • 10 – 11am CST:  Morning program featuring Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel, Mary Beth and John Tinker

  • 12:30 – 1:45pm CST: Afternoon program featuring Des Moines students, Mary Beth and John Tinker


Sunday, February 24     Des Moines, Iowa 

‘Tinker’ ruling (Feb 24, 1969) 50th anniversary

Harding MS:

  • 2pm CST: Press Conference

  • 3pm CST: Community/Reception Event *** Free & Open to Public ***

Harding Junior High was the school from which Mary Beth was suspended as a 13-year-old for wearing a black armband to school. Join the ACLU and the Des Moines Schools in a reception with refreshments to celebrate the anniversary.


Monday, February 25   Ames, Iowa

AM:  Ames HS

7pm CST: Iowa State Lecture Series at Great Hall of ISU Memorial Union *** Free & Open to Public *** 

Mary Beth and John Tinker will discuss the significance of their historic Supreme Court case especially in the current political climate. Mark Stringer, ACLU of Iowa Director, will moderate. Part of the National Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy and the First Amendment Day Series Coordinated by the ISU Committee on Lectures.


Tuesday, February 26   Iowa City, Iowa

University of Iowa:

AM: Classes

6PM CST: ACLU Members Reception  

7:30PM CST: Panel Discussion at Old Capitol Building

Panel discussion with the Tinkers, facilitated by ACLU of Iowa Executive Director Mark Stringer and including University of Iowa law professor Christina Bohannan. Co-sponsored with the University of Iowa College of Law.


Wednesday, February 27   Des Moines, Iowa

7pm CST Drake University Law School *** Free & Open to Public ***