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NORMAN, Okla. – A civil rights patron is sharing her story across the country and Oklahoma is next on her list of stops.

Mary Beth Tinker will be interacting with students and guests at the University of Oklahoma on April, 10.

Tinker is best known for winning the 1969 Tinker v. Des Moines case. When Tinker was 13-years-old she wore a black armband to protest the Vietnam War in 1965. School officials told Tinker to remove the armband, she refused and was sent home. Tinker sued the school under the first amendment stating that students had the right to freedom of expression. The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Tinker saying, students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

This will mark the Tinker Tour’s 26th stop. They are scheduled to stop at 40 universities this spring – mostly on the west coast – according to their website.

The Tinker Tour began last fall and has traveled some 20,000 miles, made 60 stops and has interacted with more than 20,000 students and teachers.

The following events will be open to the public and streamcast live at http://gaylord3.ou.edu/live/ on Thursday, April 10. 

– “The Law (and Life) After Tinker,” 1:30 p.m., Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium (Gaylord 1140)  

– “Mary Beth Tinker: My Story,” 3 p.m., Dale Hall 211  


– Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage panel session with Mary Beth Tinker, Law Professor Rick Tepker and IACH Professor Kathryn Schumaker, 4:30 p.m., Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium (Gaylord 1140)