Tinker v Des Moines: How a Quiet Iowa Anti-Vietnam War Protest Changed American Schools

September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Conference Center at the CRST International Graduate Center

This event is part of the Vietnam Series.

In 1965 a small group of committed students in Des Moines were suspended from school for wearing black armbands in protest of the war in Vietnam. Four years later their case was ultimately resolved by the US Supreme Court, who stated that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech at the school house gate”. The legacy of protest against the war manifested in Tinker v Des Moines has had lasting effects in American schools. This forum will examine the history of the case in the context of anti-war protest in Iowa, and how young people changed the way schools look at student rights.

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