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Two Iowans who preserved students’ rights to free speech visited their old schools Tuesday afternoon.

Almost 50 years ago, Mary Beth Tinker and her brother John Tinker wore black armbands to school to mourn deaths during the Vietnam War.

They were suspended. But the tinkers challenged the move. The case went to the Supreme Court where the Tinkers’ constitutional rights to freedom of speech and expression were upheld.

The two went back to North High and Harding Middle School to talk about the importance of students rights.

Officials at Harding dedicated a locker in their honor. It will have a plaque, their picture and books on students’ rights inside.

Mary Beth says the school still looks the same.

“I remember it so well. I remember the office at the end of the hall. I remember my math class, Mr. Moberly’s class, which was my favorite class which is where I got sent to the office from there and I was so scared that day and I saw Mr. Morberly with a pink slip,” Mary Beth remembered. “But the school looks great. It looks really nice.”

Mary Beth hopes to spread her message of free speech across the US through her Tinker Tour.

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