Constitution Week Speaker: Mary Beth Tinker

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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A Community Conversation with Mary Beth Tinker. 

Mary Beth Tinker is an American free speech activist known for her
role in the 1969 Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District
Supreme Court case that established schoolhouse rights for teachers and students. Justice Abe Fortas wrote in the majority opinion that students and teachers do not “shed their constitutional rights… at the schoolhouse gate.

Mary Beth continues to educate young people about their rights,
speaking frequently to student groups across the country. She is a
retired pediatric nurse as well as an advocate for the rights of youth,
particularly in the areas of health and education. She has been active in her union, SEIU, and holds master's degrees in public health and nursing.

In 2000, the Marshall-Brennan Project at Washington College of Law at American University named its annual youth advocacy award after Mary Beth. In 2006, as a tribute to Tinker’s devotion to the rights of young people, the ACLU National Board of Directors’ Youth Affairs Committee renamed its annual youth affairs award the “Mary Beth Tinker Youth Involvement Award.

Please contact Nancy Patterson at ncpatte@bgsu.edu with questions.

Event Type

Information Sessions

Target Audience

Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public, Prospective Students



College of Education and Human Development

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