Armband Protesting the Vietnam War

ca. 1967

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA, United States

Members of the Tinker family donned this armband to protest the Vietnam War. In a small act that led to a landmark case, eighth-grader Mary Beth Tinker wore a similar armband to her public school in 1965. She and four other students were suspended. Tinker’s parents filed suit, arguing the school violated their free speech rights. The Supreme Court ultimately agreed.



  • Title: Armband Protesting the Vietnam War
  • Date Created: ca. 1967
  • Subject Keywords: Tinker v. Des Moines (1969), opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War
  • Rights: Mary Beth Tinker Family

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