Fifty years after the ‘Black 14’ were banished, Wyoming football reckons with the past

The University of Wyoming honored the fourteen members of the football team who were abruptly dismissed in 1969.  The players came to a meeting to ask their coach permission to wear armbands during their game against Brigham Young University in protest against the Mormon Church policy at the time of excluding African Americans from their clergy, and the coach ousted them.  His decision was supported by the administration and the student body. Current university president, Laurie Nichols said, “ ‘It is a time when universities are really grappling with their histories. . . . We can’t go back and change history, but there are times when you can come back and have an appropriate response to it.’ ”  Washington Post reporters, Wesley Lowery and Jacob Bogage, relate the history of the incident and consequences for the “Black 14.”  Read the complete article by clicking here.

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