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Making A Difference In Your Community

Joel Muniz
Whether it’s helping a neighbor pick up tree branches after a storm, delivering groceries for someone who can’t leave their home or advocating for a policy that you believe is unfair, you can make a difference and don’t have to be a grownup to do it.

It’s the final Talk of Iowa Summer Camp and this time its Make A Difference Camp. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with this episode’s camp counselor Mary Beth Tinker.

On December 16, 1965, Tinker, who was 13 years old at the time, her brother John and their friend were among a small group of students in Des Moines who wore black armbands to school to protest against the Vietnam War and support a Christmas Day truce called for by Robert Kennedy.

Five students, including Tinker, were suspended for their demonstration and that incident led to Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District – a landmark Supreme Court decision that guaranteed First Amendment Rights for public school students.


· Mary Beth Tinker, pediatric nurse, activist

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa