OT: Fortieth anniversary of Tinker

40 years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969), the case about the Vietnam-era black armband student protest which stated that “[i]t can hardly be argued that either students or teaches shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”  As someone who was greatly inspired by studying First Amendment jurisprudence as an undergrad, I thought this merited at least a mention.

Daily Kos has a diary up by Mary Beth Tinker, one of the lead plaintiffs in the case, providing a look back:

I was scared the day I wore that armband to school, but I knew I had to speak up. The world seemed upside-down, but my friends and I had courageous role models to show us how to stand up for what we believed.  If you look around, there are many others like that, whether in your home, your school, your neighborhood, your town or even across the world.  You  can join them to change the world, and when you do your life will be meaningful and very interesting. It certainly has been for me!