College at Brockport students got a history lesson Thursday that was breaking news for their parents and grandparents.
Students heard straight from a woman whose voice was also heard in a landmark United States Supreme Court decision about the First Amendment.
Advocate Mary Beth Tinker asked students to keep the First Amendment alive through new-age social media.
Tinker was one of the students suspended in 1964 from her school in Des Moines, Iowa for wearing black armbands to honor and remember those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
That case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, ending in a landmark decision that protects students and teachers rights to freedom of speech.
"I'd just like to encourage all young people to stand up and speak up and make a difference, and that goes for adults too," said Tinker. "We should all be involved in using our first amendment rights to be involved in our communities, and our schools, and make a difference and make things better in the world."