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Sat Mar 16, 2013, 06:18 AM

Teens' armband protest led to landmark free speech case

Two photos that grace the yearbook for the 1970 graduating class of University City High School show competing groups.

One depicts members of student government, while the other features a group of students who want to overthrow student government.

Mary Beth Tinker is in the second photo.

Mary Beth and John Tinker with their armbands protesting the Vietnam War.
Tinker’s name – and her activism for causes she believes in -- became a lot more familiar when it was attached to a landmark case that grew out of the decision by her and her brother in 1965 to wear armbands to school protesting the Vietnam War.


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