Vietnam War protesters visit Des Moines schools

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A brother and sister who were suspended 48 years ago for protesting the Vietnam War have been welcomed back to their former Des Moines schools.

The Des Moines Register ( says Mary Beth Tinker and John Tinker were 13 and 15, respectively, when they wore black armbands in peaceful protest at Harding Middle and North High schools.

Mary Beth Tinker is a labor union advocate who lives in Washington, D.C. John Tinker lives in Fayette, Mo., and edits an online current events website.

Their Des Moines stop was part of the Tinker Tour, a nationwide effort to increase youth civic engagement. Students gathered in Des Moines on Tuesday to learn about the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said the Tinkers had a right to wear the armbands.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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