The Student Free Expression panel hosted by Webster’s School of Communications drew an engaged audience to discuss First Amendment issues March 11 in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.
The event was free and open to the public. Attendees received Mary Beth Tinker Free Expression arm bands, in recognition of the civil rights activist who gained unexpected fame via a student protest in the ’60s.
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 didn’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.
Tinker continues to educate young people about their rights, speaking frequently to student groups across the country.