Mary Beth Tinker takes her rights on a tour

Since she was 13 years old, Mary Beth Tinker has dedicated her time to raise awareness of the First Amendment and bring about change to the community. She took her experiences from winning the Tinker vs. Des Moines landmark Supreme Court case and now travels the country to spread her message. The Tinker Tour will come to Kansas City on Nov. 25.

Kaitlyn Styve


Cara Brashears

Mary Beth Tinker speaks to students at the National High School Journalism Convention in Boston. She and attorney Mike Hiestand have driven a motorhome around the country to bring attention to civil rights of students in schools.

Read the story’s parts:

The Background: Speaking out at 13 years old

The Motivation and impact

Taking it to the road

Reaching the Midwest

Learn more about the Tinker Tour. The Tinker Tour is a project of the Student Press Law Center.