Teddy Talks


The First Annual “Teddy Talks”

The 50th Anniversary of the Tinker Armband Protest

Des Moines, IA, November 20, 2015–The Roosevelt High School Foundation and Alumni Association is pleased to present the first annual Teddy Talks: The 50th Anniversary of the Tinker Armband Protest. Join us on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00pm in the Roosevelt High School Auditorium for an evening to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the events resulting in the landmark Supreme Court case, Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent School District, which put a spotlight on Des Moines schools and established free speech protections for students.

We will hear from Mary Beth and John Tinker, two of the named plaintiffs, as well as Bruce Clark, a Roosevelt student who helped organize the original action. They will be joined by Dan Johnston, the ACLU attorney in the case. A moderator will guide a lively panel discussion with key voices on topics of students’ rights, the legacy of this landmark case, and its significance today. The discussion will be open to audience questions before the evening closes with a reception in the Roosevelt cafeteria.

This free event is open to the public. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This event is made possible by sponsorship from School Administrators of Iowa, the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, and the Student Press Law Center.

The Roosevelt High School Foundation and Alumni Association is organized to celebrate the tradition and shape the future of Roosevelt High School by advancing and supporting the students, faculty, alumni and Roosevelt community.