March 11: ‘Student Free Expression’ Panel with Mary Beth Tinker

| February 15, 2013

Mary Beth Tinker and brother John Tinker in 1965

As a high school student in St. Louis in 1965, Mary Beth Tinker was suspended for wearing an armband to class to protest the Vietnam War. Believing the first amendment doesn’t stop at the classroom door, in 1966 she took on school officials trying to quash her right to free expression. In 1969, a Supreme Court ruling upheld her challenge.

Join Tinker and a panel of experts on the First Amendment Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium. The event hosted by Webster’s School of Communications is free and open to the public. Mary Beth Tinker Free Expression Arm Bands will be available for those who attend.

The panel, moderated by Webster communications & journalism professor/newspaper editor Don Corrigan, includes:

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  • Craig Cheathan, KMOV Investigative Reporter
  • Tony Rothert, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Tammy Merret-Murry, president, SPJ
  • Antonia Akrap, Kirkwood Call H.S. Newspaper

The event is co-sponsored by Sponsors of School Publications (SSP); Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Gateway Journalism Review/St. Louis Journalism Review; Gateway Media Literacy Partners; St. Louis Media History Foundation and Mid-America Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

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