We’re very excited to feature Mary Beth Tinker — youth rights advocate and plaintiff in the landmark 1968 Supreme Court case, Tinker vs. Des Moines School District — as a participant in the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out. Tinker’s decision to stand up for her right to speak out against the Vietnam War on her high school campus resulted in the historic legal ruling that “neither students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gates.”
Here, Mary Beth discusses why students should have a say when it comes to book removals in school on the latest video for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out:
As of Wednesday afternoon we have over 200 participants in the Virtual Read-Out, with over 17,000 page views! Check them out at www.youtube.com/bannedbooksweek, and submit your own (instructions at www.bannedbooksweek.org/virtualreadout).